‘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 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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2P 4-4-0 with Inspectors' train at Stoke Bruerne station circa 1950

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Comment by Tony Newman on March 15, 2020 at 16:51

I like that shot - and I like Midland 2Ps - the ones with the 7' driving wheels and narrow chimneys.

Comment by David Ford on July 2, 2010 at 11:09
Jeff Herbert, Watford driver, told me that when he was out firing 672 with the saloon one day on the SMJ she got her chimney knocked off. The P.Way had been doing a bit of packing underneath a bridge and the chimney struck the arch. Has that tale surfaced before ?
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 21, 2009 at 9:49

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Comment by Robin Cullup on October 20, 2009 at 21:51
As already remarked, this is an Inspection Saloon hauled by "2P" 40672. I believe the photograph was taken in June 1950 by C R H Simpson (who also took many photos in the Oxford area). There is another shot of this working at Salcey Forest Station which I will attach to Andy Thompson. Keep the photos coming on this section of line.
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 20, 2009 at 21:13
That sounds about right to me Si! The station looks a bit more over-grown these days, but otherwise, intact
Andy
Comment by Si Donal on October 20, 2009 at 19:54
This is a 2P hauling an inspection coach!

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