‘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

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Russ Firth Oct 3.

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Projected and fulfilled 19th C Railways aasociated in one way or another with the SMJ


Whilst I was researching the A2A archives @ http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a for something else I came upon a series of railway projects that were submitted to the Northamptonshire Quarter Sessions (The then planning authority!). The full records for all of these projects are held in the Northamptonshire Record Office. I have accessed them for other projects, they are well worth a visit, the detail in these submissions is really informative.

Many of these projects never even fulfilled Acts of Parliament let alone came to fruition but some did.

I have put copies of the outline of each of these applications below. They are not in any specific order.

A2A is a wonderful research tool for any type of historical research.

Hope you find this of interest.

Dave Hayward


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Re the first Railway mentioned on your listing.


Is there a map of the route “Kineton, Butlers Marston, Combrook. Wellesbourne Hastings, Pillerton Hersey, Eatington (Warwicks.); Alderminster (Worcs.); Preston on Stour (Gloucs.); Atherstone upon Stour (Warwicks.); Clifford Chambers (Gloucs.); Old Stratford & Drayton (Warwicks.)” as I live near .


Do these names refer to the Parish or the actual village ?



Stuart Ison

I am not sure. I will visit there sometime in the next couple of months or you might fancy a trip to Northampton yourself - I suggest you phone them first to check the opening hours.

The references are to parishes, not villages.


Dave Hayward

I would hazard a guess at Parish names: as an example, "Duston West" signal cabin in Northampton is so named because it is in that parish, but have spent my first ten years in Duston (or Dusson!), I always reckoned it was closer to Far Cotton!

Stuart Ison said:
Do these names refer to the Parish or the actual village ?


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