‘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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Harvard House Special 1909

A fine Elizabethen House in High Street, Stratford upon Avon was once owned by the family of John Harvard 1607 – 1638. He was the benefactor whose bequest established Harvard University in the USA. In the early part of the twentieth century the novelist Marie Corelli who had settled in Stratford led a campaign to acquire the property as a fitting memorial to John Harvard. It was purchased on behalf of Harvard University through the generosity of a Chicago millionaire Edward Morris in 1909. A special train was arranged by the Great Central Railway to convey the American Ambassador, Whitelaw Reid and other notable dignitaries from London to Stratford to officially open Harvard House in its new role. The recently formed SMJR was involved as the train was routed via its line from Woodford to Stratford with a SMJ locomotive being used for that part of the journey. A number of special trains took the same route in the few years up to WW1 and were always known as “Harvard Specials” by railway staff. Sometimes the GCR locomotive would work right through to Stratford. This was almost certainly due to the unreliability of the SMJ loco fleet in being able to handle such heavy trains.

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