‘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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Aston Le Walls

Aston Le Walls was a small platform halt 2 miles and 10 chains west of Byfield station. Very few images exist of the halt with its tracks in situ.The following shot was taken in the 80's and has been supplied by Barry Taylor The following map shows the line, the village but the halts location is not marked.


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Comment by Andy Thompson on January 3, 2011 at 12:16
Comment by Martin Broughton on December 3, 2009 at 20:33
Dick
The Halt was byfield side of the road bridge between Aston le walls and Lower Boddington. The OS map shows the word Midland which starts on the road I described. Imagine you were stood on the railbed at the bottom of the (i) of the word midland. The photo was taken at that point facing the downline towards Fenny Compton. The platform is Aston le walls side. The road bridge is obvious with the road falling towards Lower Boddington on the right. The picture is exactly the same today with the addition of overgrowth. The Road Bridge Number is SJT1 51 The siding would of been to the left of the picture adjacent to the platform and extended to the points some 3 chain the other side of the bridge.
Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:51

Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:50

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