‘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 5 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 CLIVE BOARDMAN on Friday.

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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It was being lived in a by a railwayman at the time, but needed quite a lot of work. He let us wander round on one occasion. Some of the slates on the roof used for repairs came from Salcey Forest when it was demolished.April 5 1966.

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 14:30

Gosh, this is so encouragingly well preserved and complete - so ripe for demolition and 'redevelopment'. They built them to last back then, didn't they? To me it is part and parcel of education (one of the most important activities any nation can concern itself with surely) that a government should take a keen interest in all aspects of heritage deserving of restoration and preservation - and conducive to it, not slink away and leave it to the goodwill of heritage enthusiasts. Industry may be thin on the ground now, but it and the railways were once the cornerstone of the nation's life and well-being. Forget funding that fine statue of some rich, loved and hated, probably dead, not-altogether-honest politician, get some new windows, roof and doors in this place - whoever it actually belongs to. Few castles and stately homes are still in possession of the original owner, such national treasures get passed on down the generations. Isn't it great that when the call goes out for funding for a heritage project, say, to restore an ailing Flying Scotsman to perfect health, individual donations and National Heritage lottery fund supporters poured more than four million into the project? Kudos to every one of them. Just one opinion, of course.           

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