‘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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At 20:26 on March 1, 2015, Dick Bodily said…


I've recently updated and added to the Blakesley page, so if you haven't already had a look at it, here's a link


Incidentally I lived there during the 50's and 60's so I probably knew your relatives who you stayed with.

Dick Bodily

At 22:10 on September 19, 2009, Dick Bodily said…
According to Doug Blake's book ( village historian) Bob Salmons used to work for Mrs Bartholomew and used to go to Blakesley station to collect her newspapers which was specially despatched by W H Smith morning and evening. While he was doing this one day the station master suggested to him that as he spent so much time there he ought to apply for a job on the railway and that exactly what he did. I believe he is still living somewhere in the Towcester area.
At 9:03 on September 5, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello David,

What is your link with the SMJ? Did you used to live round these parts?
At 13:47 on August 28, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hi David! Welcome aboard! We'd all love to hear your memories!

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