‘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' 

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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

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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

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Can anyone identify which road bridge this is? I'm certain that it is on the SMJ somewhere, as it is one of a number of negatives that I have recently acquired all of which are on that line. I don't think that it is the A43 bridge near Tiffield bewteen Northampton and Towcester - the girder panels are too big, and the A43 bridge did have a sort of corrugated top section, although that could have been removed. The road looks quite important, and the white railings and possibly a culvert in the foreground might help. judging by the rest of the negs this could be anywhere along the SMJ - date is probably between mid fifties and early sixties according to other notes that are provided - unfortunately this one has no clues!

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Comment by Barry Taylor on November 15, 2012 at 9:23

Thank you John - mystery solved!

Comment by John Jennings on November 15, 2012 at 8:40

I agree with your comment Alwyn it is bridge No 80 over the Fosse Way looking south. The culvert is the river Dene a tributory of the Avon that joins it in Charcote Park. I have the LMS bridge plate that survived on the brickwork hidden by brambles for a number of years! The deck was removed by Warwickshire Council and BR soon after closure as it was a "low" bridge.

Comment by Barry Taylor on November 13, 2012 at 16:03

Thanks Alwyn - I sort of hoped that someone might suggest the Fosse Way bridge, because I don't have a photo of that one, and I hoped that this might fill the gap! Relatively few of the road bridges were photographed from road level, whereas quite a few were done from the trackside, so this is an unusual one.

Can anyone conform Alwyn's thoughts please - I must check whether there was a culvert close by as that might just confirm it too.

Comment by alwyn sparrow on November 13, 2012 at 13:39

Well Barry it looks very much like where the SMJ crossed the Fosse Way (B4455) between Kineton and Ettington, Approaching from northerly direction, It's situated in dip at bottom of hill before the road climbs again.But I could be wrong.


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