‘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 5 Replies

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. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN on Friday.

DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by David Mead Nov 24.

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.

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To mark the closure of Woodford 50 years ago the Great Central Railway are planning some sort of mini-gala on the weekend of 14th and 15th June. I don't know exactly what they are planning but they've contacted some Woodford people looking for photos, etc. (Rex is one person who has been approached). I note that ex Woodford Flying Pig 43106 which appeared on the SMJ on quite a few occasions is booked to appear on the GCR the following weekend so hopefully it will appear at the Woodford weekend, but that's just my guess. I believe that ex Northampton 48305 which frequently ran to Woodford West and also Byfield Ironstone on the SMJ is in pieces at Loughborough at present, it would have been nice if that had been available for the event. 

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This looks like being a meeting up of SMJR locos as well as being a celebration of Woodford. No less than 3 locos that ran on the SMJR route are scheduled to take part:- 43106 which was of course a Woodford loco, plus 9Fs 92212 and 92214. In addition there will be the previously maroon 8F freshly resplendent in authentic black and possibly a Black 5 too.

Just seen this link on Steam magazine Facebook page http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/dismay-over-planne... I hope somebody has a spare £200,000+ to stop this!!!


Is this the site of the OLD Yard on top of what's left of the embankment?


I don't know the area unfortunately but as far as I can make out it appears to be the area covering the old GCR station and yard in the middle of the village.

Whilst not strictly SMJ, just another part of our heritage likely removed  to over populate a village community.

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