‘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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The station site at Salcey has always been of fascination to me for an age. I think I’ve been there, well very close by… now I’m not sure prior to hijacking a thread by Alan, I am re-opening the conversation here on a new one.



The above link takes you to where I thought the station site was. I have emailed the owner of the images. Have you any more info to add?



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When I visited the site in 2011 a farmer did inform me that it was not a public footpath. He wasn't aggresive nor did he tell me to get off. Afterwards I thought that perhaps he didn't own the land but used it as an unofficial track to get around his farm. Anyway, I'm pretty sure if you park your car on the road, past Piddington village, he will see it and come investigating!


Don't worry about getting into trouble, the farmer from Church Farm in Piddington uses the trackbed to drive his tractor, mainly during the spring and summer, albeit unoften. It's a pretty desolate place at the best of times, so you'd be fine. I was fine walking through between the A508 and Roade Curve, which is far more public.

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