‘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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Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM on Friday.

Black & White photos of the SMJ

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker on Thursday.

Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum 1 Reply

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily on Wednesday.

DVD on the SMJ 3 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 Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

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Comment by Rob Gullen 2 minutes ago
Delete Comment I've seen the website and wonder if you can help - there is reputed to be an
"underpass" or tunnel of some sort under the railway just to the north of
the Stratford station - it connected two parts of the old Stratford Foods
canning factory. Does anyone know if it exists and where it is please? (Or if not
any suggestions where I may enquire)


Rob Gullen (in Stratford-upon-Avon)

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The only food canning factory I can remember in Stratford was the one next to N C Joseph's plant in Birmingham Road (the old A34) This site is now housing and flats. The GWR line ran (still does) at the back of this site, the location being just to the north of the goods yard and Flowers brewery. There was no tunnel or underpass at the rear of that plant. (It would have had to go under the canal as well and would have ended up at the time in open fields). That area is now part of Timothy's Bridge Industrial Area. Unless this query relates to a different canning plant it is not a SMJ related matter.

Hello Rob,

I believe I can help you...
The under pass still exists, although it is now blocked off.....
DCS now own the former Stratford Foods site...and I clean windows for them....
I'll try to remember to take a photo of the "underpass" when next I am there, towards the end of December...

Strictly speaking, this relates to the North Warwickshire line , but of course, in the days of the SMJ the line ran through from the old town SMJ station, passed over the Evesham Road, (level crossing)and under the Alcester Road into the GWR station...It would be easy to consider all of this as being part of the same line...!!

As promised, here are a couple of photos I took today.....

This last shot is a picture/photo in DCS's office. It clearly show the North Warwicks Line (with a top and tailed excursion train Northern Belle, I think) and is dated a few years ago...but the underpass will be at about the 5th carriage along...this underpass linked the two halves of the then Stratford Foods operation. It is closed off now.

Hope this helps..
Here is a better shot of the "underpass"....


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