‘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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Again not strictly SMJ but very close to it!

Browsing through the internet recently I came across the photograph below of the two Army Fire Department fire engine rail-cars that were posted to CAD (as it was then) Kineton in the mid sixties when the new fire station there was built. The station rail siding running into it where these rail appliances stood, I believe in their own bay, next to the conventional road appliances.

The photograph displays the machines standing in a scrapyard awaiting their demise in the early seventies. Mention was made that they were built in the mid fifties, if that is the case then they must have either been held in store or utilized somewhere else as they did not arrive at Kineton until somewhen between early 1964 and late 1966.

I apologize to the person who originally took this photograph but I do not have his/ her details to give credits.

A recent drive down the Kineton to Edgehill road indicated that the track was very rusty and a new crossroads for road traffic with level crossing type flashing signals has been installed. I have heard from elsewhere that all rail movement of ammunition has been banned. Does this mean therefore that the sole remaining stub of the SMJ from Fenny Compton to Burton Dassett has now gone out of regular use?


Dave Hayward.

PS: Was the bridge at Fenny Compton on this stub ever repaired after the lorry strike a couple of years ago?



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Interesting pic and info.
The bridge was repaired but the demolished span was not replaced. There are pictures on here post incident

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