‘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

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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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