‘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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SMJ Forum

Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Comment by Mark Reader on March 29, 2018 at 16:30

Thanks Simon. Although not specifically listed in the owner's archive as the railway bridge, because his collection was all of railway memorabilia, his family thought it was the SMJ bridge. However, although not familiar with the area, I was pretty sure that it wasn't. Having just looked at the 1951 OS map and Google street view, I agree with you that key buildings match (including the now demolished Corn Mill on the left of the picture. So, although the caption 'Broom' is correct, the picture is actually of the road bridge at the end of the High Street.

Comment by Simon Stevens on March 28, 2018 at 20:56

Could be Broom, but the road bridge at the West end of the high street; the terrace of houses at the top right are a good match for those there today.  It's definitely not the SMJ bridge.

Comment by Mark Reader on March 27, 2018 at 12:20

We've recently been givin this photo which was purchased from The Birmingham Post in 1964. The receipt describes it in ink as 'Bridge Demolition, but a penciled addition says 'at Broom - taken 9-6-64'. However, the houses don't seem to match the OS maps of either then or now. Is this the SMJ bridge at Broom? And, if not, any ideas where it might be?

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