‘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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Final train passes Clifford Sidings 24th April 1965

4188 storms into the grade for the tough climb to Ettington with the final train. Clifford sidings have already been lifted but the scene looking towards Stratford which is now covered by roads and houses clearly shows the ministry grain store and the spire of Holy Trinity Church in the background. The weather had detiorated and the film used was Agfa CT18 which time has shown to be rather unstable on colour. The two scratches are unfortunate due to the camera I was using at the time but the image is now rather special none the less. If any photoshop wizard can improve this image please go ahead!

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Comment by Ben on May 28, 2013 at 11:17

Just upload an edited version to my page. Have a look and let me know what you think!

Comment by Andy Thompson on October 31, 2012 at 7:00

I'll have a go later John!  Andy

Comment by Peter S Lewis on October 30, 2012 at 19:29


An historic photo!



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