‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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The caption sticker is missing from this picture, taken on July 17 1966 and I think it must be at Stratford. My memory is a blank - can anyone help?(Now we know it is the SMJ north spur to Old Town station seen from the Great Western line.) The line to Broom went just to the far side of those apartment blocks.

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Comment by Anthony W Hartley on October 19, 2016 at 15:58

Taken from the Sanctus road bridge looking South. both sides are now built up, the road now is where the main track veers to the right. The road shown in the pic is now a side road (Sandfield road)

Comment by John Evans on January 7, 2013 at 5:55

Hi Barry

Thanks very much for clearing this up for me. I now know exactly the spot, although I still cannot remember taking the picture. Still, it was 46 years ago!


Comment by Barry Taylor on January 6, 2013 at 15:41

This is definitely Stratford - view is from the Sanctus Road bridge looking along the GW line towards the old Racecourse platform. At that date I think that there was still just about a passenger service along there - I seem to remember going to Worcester that way around then. The SMJ spur off to the left to Old Town station looks as though it has been lifted with just the points left in. You can still stand on the bridge today but there are roads instead of rails below!

Comment by Gary on January 5, 2013 at 11:13

It does look like Stratford

EDIT: The buildings on the right look similar to those in the distance on one of your other shops. If this is the case then the remains of the station is off to the left. I think these buildings are on the Broom line formation or very closely abutted to it.

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