‘The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway’ (or S.M.J.) was a small independent railway company which ran a line across the empty, untouched centre of England. It visited the counties of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and a little of Buckinghamshire, only existing as the SMJ from 1909 to 1923. In 1923 the S.M.J.became a minor arm of the London Midland and Scottish (L.M.S.), then in 1948 'British Railways' 

Gone but not forgotten: "the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth"


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2F WDs working to Bristol 3 Replies

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop. Last reply by Bob Bishop yesterday.

DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by David Mead Nov 24.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 4.

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East & West Junc Rly Avon Bridge looking upstream towards Lucy's Mill

A view not often seen of the Avon bridge with Lucy's Mill in the background. The millrace tunnels which are still in place can be seen but today the mill is converted into luxury apartments. The footbridge on the upstream side can just be seen below the arches. The willows that often obscure this view have been pollarded and from evidence on the back of the photo the date is early in the 20th century possibley just in the last years of the E & W J Rly. This then is the bridge in its original form before the strengthening plates were installed (by the LMS) and further strengthening was carried out by BR in the late 1950's. Today the bridge carries heavy road traffic and is a tribute to the original promoters and builders of the East & West Junc Rly. For a view from the other side and comments please refer to my posting "The Avon Bridge" dated 2/2/2012.

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