‘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 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 Final Day

 

 


Under BR, the former SMJ went into stagnation and very little effort was made to run the line economically. By 1947 the passenger service to Broom from Stratford had already gone. Passenger numbers fell and talk of closures filled the air. July 1951 saw the withdrawal of the Blisworth and Banbury passenger service and April 1952 saw the end of passenger services between Blisworth and Stratford.


  • 07:12 43568 + 1 coach Stratford To Blisworth
  • 08:55 Blisworth to Stratford
  • 10:43 Stratford to Blisworth
  • 12:45 44567 + 2 coaches Blisworth to Stratford
  • 18:40 44525 + 5 coaches Startford to Blisworth
  • 18:50 44568 + 1 coach leaves Blisworth for Stratford



Words posted on a poster at Helmdon station near the end of services

" Closing of Helmdon Village and Wappenham Passenger Stations; On and from Monday 2nd July 1951 the passenger train service between Blisworth and Banbury will be withdrawn and Helmdon Village and Wappenham Stations will be closed for passengers. Alternative facilities for passengers are provided in this area by the various Omnibus services"



Closure of line

  • Woodford South Curve 22.10.1900
  • Roade Curve 24.5.1917
  • Cockley Brake Jcn - Towcester 12.7.1953
  • Towcester - Ravenstobe Wood Jcn 28.6.1958
  • Broom Jcn - Stratford 13.6.1960
  • Woodford West Jcn - Blisworth Ironstone 3.2.1964
  • Burton Dassett - Stratford 1.3.1965
  • Fenny Compton - Byfield Ironstone June 1965
  • Blisworth Ironstone - Blisworth 30.9.1967




44567 At Stratford, 4.5.52. The 2:06 train



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