‘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

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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"My understanding is that the late George Freeston of Blisworth managed to get hold o…"

David Blagrove replied Aug 11, 2012 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Its always interesting to hear from people who knew the railways back in the days wh…"

David Blagrove replied Jul 12, 2012 to A word from John Evans

5 Jul 27, 2012
Reply by Dick Bodily

"I don't know too much about the Western end of the line, but certainly the LMS carri…"

David Blagrove replied Feb 6, 2012 to The Avon Bridge

1 Feb 6, 2012
Reply by David Blagrove

"My recollection of Blisworth in the late 1960s is that there was still some postal a…"

David Blagrove replied Aug 19, 2011 to Blisworth SMJ Station use for parcels in 1960s

10 Nov 26, 2012
Reply by Peter Fleming

"I have always understod that both Bell and Pollitt were proteges of Sir Edward Watki…"

David Blagrove replied Jul 12, 2010 to Bakers Street to Morton Pinkney - request for info

5 Jul 15, 2010
Reply by Robin Cullup

"All I can definitely assert is that the Midland Railway cascaded one of their earlie…"

David Blagrove replied Jun 14, 2010 to Coaching stock.

2 Jun 19, 2010
Reply by Jim Goodman

"There was indeed a proposal for a flyover at Blisworth to take the Northampton &…"

David Blagrove replied May 4, 2010 to Proposed routes

8 May 7, 2010
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David Blagrove replied May 4, 2010 to Proposed routes

8 May 7, 2010
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"I must say that so far it looks as though there is going to be a reasonable turnout…"

David Blagrove replied Mar 31, 2010 to The Get Together in June - a summary

22 Jun 13, 2010
Reply by Gary

"I shall be around on the main site (which lies between the Canal Museum and its car…"

David Blagrove replied Mar 12, 2010 to The Get Together in June - a summary

22 Jun 13, 2010
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