‘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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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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Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?

Started by Nicholas Hemming

1 Dec 7, 2020
Reply by Gary

working timetables.

Hello, Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradsha…

Started by Gordon Hopkinson

0 Nov 9, 2020

1959 rail tour

Also full details and timings of this tour on --rail tours 1959-- website with some nice photos of 45091

Started by ray w

1 Oct 1, 2020
Reply by Simon Stevens

Sunday 9th August 1959 "Grafton " rail tour

Just found this ticket for above rail tour around East Midlands taking in Blisworth, Byfield and Woodford Halse, where 45091 was used. Ther…

Started by ray w

0 Sep 29, 2020

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP New…

Started by Simon Stevens

0 Sep 14, 2020

Bidford-on-Avon station photos

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me…

Started by Greg Wye

2 Aug 30, 2020
Reply by Greg Wye

Stored coaches

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire). There has been recent reference…

Started by Alan Brant

4 Aug 16, 2020
Reply by Ian Mathews

Concrete sleepers

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would…

Started by Clive

2 Aug 1, 2020
Reply by Clive

The Roade Connection

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ. Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it? Why build sta…

Started by peter fleming

2 May 19, 2020
Reply by Richard Denny

Way in

Hi there I hope you are all in good health. A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton. Apparently, these station…

Started by Jack Freuville

0 Mar 29, 2020

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