‘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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Gentlemen! I would like, from here forth we be know as "The Unofficial SMJ Society" All those in favour say 'yeah'!

Andy

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I don't mind being unofficial.

Adrian
I certainly don't see any harm in this as long as it remains "unofficial". If it becomes official then it will require a Constitution, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer etc, etc, and that always means hassle in my experience! The beauty of this site is that it requires the minimum of hassle to enjoy it. Of course, if a group of like-minded individuals decided to get together and form an official society, then good luck to them, but I would not pretend that it would be an easy task; not least deciding upon and collecting subscriptions!

In another life I am the Chairman of the Friends of the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne, and I am sure the Council of that organisation would welcome some sort of link with those interested in the SMJ. After all we nearly had a branch to "Stoke Bruerne Wharf" in 1878.

David
David. If you can think of any connection you/we can make between the canals and the SMJ, we'd love to help. I love unofficial by the way - thanks guys!
Andy
I've always been unofficial, so what's likely to change????

Steve
Good point Steve! First may I say it's good to hear from you, I think I might have been slightly saying it with tongue planted firmly in my cheek. "Can we officially be the unofficial SMJ Society!"

Hope you are well

Andy

Steve Purcell said:
I've always been unofficial, so what's likely to change????

Steve
Andy,

The more unofficial the better!!

Peter
I'm for it! Mike
Andy

'The Unofficial SMJ Society' sounds vaguely familiar! I like it as a subheading but please don't change the website name (again!).

Dick
I'm not going to Dick - good point!

Andy

Dick said:
Andy

'The Unofficial SMJ Society' sounds vaguely familiar! I like it as a subheading but please don't change the website name (again!).

Dick
Unofficial works for me! I've been on all sorts of committees in my time and we really don't want to go there

Barry
Barry That's what I thought! No committees no secretaries, no meetings - unofficial!!
Andy

Barry Dunwoody said:
Unofficial works for me! I've been on all sorts of committees in my time and we really don't want to go there

Barry
I officially add my 2d to the Unofficial title...

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