‘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"


SMJ Forum

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 Oct 15.

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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"Would it have been any sort of achievement for Morton Pinkney to have become a secon…"

Peter Fleming replied Jul 12, 2010 to Bakers Street to Morton Pinkney - request for info

5 Jul 15, 2010
Reply by Robin Cullup

"John Thanks for that. The SMJ station was, then, very close to the river. In pictu…"

Peter Fleming replied Jun 24, 2010 to Stratford

5 Aug 2, 2010
Reply by Dick Bodily

"The flyover (if built) would presumably have connected the SMJ to the Blisworth to N…"

Peter Fleming replied May 6, 2010 to Proposed routes

8 May 7, 2010
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"In all parts of the country the "lines that might have been" would crowd each other…"

Peter Fleming replied May 4, 2010 to Proposed routes

8 May 7, 2010
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"My knowledge of the SMJ is really confined to the eastern end, although I am aware t…"

Peter Fleming replied Apr 4, 2010 to Kineton Military Railway and other bits!

4 Apr 4, 2010
Reply by Dave Hayward

"I can't really comment but I think the Blisworth ironstone always came to Blisworth…"

Peter Fleming replied Feb 5, 2010 to Ironstone from Blisworth

10 Apr 14, 2010
Reply by Alan J Pack

"I remember biking to Ravenstone Wood Junction one dark December afternoon right at t…"

Peter Fleming replied Jan 14, 2010 to Ravenstone Wood Junction to Towcester section

13 Oct 13, 2012

"I remember the canal ones. On reconsideration I think that the ones I recall were d…"

Peter Fleming replied Aug 13, 2009 to Bridge 149

4 Aug 13, 2009
Reply by Peter Fleming

"Not sure. It is of course about 40 years since I saw one, and they were always unpa…"

Peter Fleming replied Aug 13, 2009 to Bridge 149

4 Aug 13, 2009
Reply by Peter Fleming


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