‘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

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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

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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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Dear All,

This is the view of 9015 depositing the coaches in the transfer siding at Fenny Compton. As you can see there is a large cast involved in this production - think of all that lovely Sunday overtime.......

Even if this special was packed to the roof, it must have cost more to run than the fares received as it consisted of only four coaches.

Regarding 44186 I wonder whether this loco was week-ending at Stratford and was sent out on this mission?

 - rather than coming from Northampton or Blisworth.

It would be good to hear from some-one who was on the train. I have scoured the magazines of that time for a "Tour Report" - but (yet) to no avail.

Oh, and I do not know who took this photo - I picked it up in a box of miscellaneous photographs some years ago, so thank you whoever took it. Sorry to be so late joining this discussion, but other things have been happening.


Robin Cullup

If you are a member of the Branch Line Society one of the older members might have been on this trip?
If you are not a member let me know and Iwill see what I can do.#Regards

Dave Hayward

I am not a member and have never belonged to the Branch Line Society, and this trip was long before I went on such jaunts - more's the pity.

All information will be appreciated.

Robin Cullup

Well Robin the date on this ticket fit's the bill, So was it this rail tour in your photograph ?


Thanks for this - I know that it was this special working, but the fascinating thing was the shunting of the train at Fenny Compton where the exchange siding between the GW and the SMJ was only quite short. This shunt also employed the 4F seen in the photograph put onto this site by Barry Taylor some months ago, as well as the GW 4-4-0 seen in my photo.

What we are seeking is someone who travelled on this train and can remember the sequence of events at Fenny Compton.

Robin Cullup

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