‘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

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 on Friday.

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.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Russ Firth Oct 3.

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"Not as dramatic from a railway point of view but very tragic, three USAF Flying Fort…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 27, 2020 to Aircraft crash

8 Feb 16, 2020
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Don, try these links to pictures well back on the website. The sign is in the bar a…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 21, 2019 to Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

2 Dec 21, 2019
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Andy probably won't be able to make it. a lot on tomorrow Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 10, 2019 to Towcester station sign unvieling

1 Oct 10, 2019
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"This is a new one on me, however a few were allocated to Bedford at different times…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 26, 2019 to Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

2 Sep 26, 2019
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"There's a photo of ganger  A Campion at Kineton on Page 94 of Jordan's SMJR book and…"

Dick Bodily replied Jun 24, 2019 to The Campion Family: SMJ employees

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

"Interestingly the 1916 Appendix mentions the 20mph restriction at Ravenstone Wood ju…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 1, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Gary, I should think that the unfitted nature of the vast majority of the freights o…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Barry is to be congratulated on completing his epic definitive work on the SMJ with…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 1, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 28, 2018 to Salvaged track bolts

2 Oct 3
Reply by Russ Firth

"Have only just got hold of a copy.  Barry has done a superlative job of covering the…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

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