‘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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Olney Branch

The joint committee dicided to build a single-track railway line between Towcester and the Midland main line near Olney in an attempt to save the two companies. The line to Ravenstone Junction branched off from just north of Towcester station and ran through Easton Neston to continue through Shutlanger and crossed over the L.N.W.R. at Roade where a connection was made. There were two intermediate stations:

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Comment by Richard Woods on January 3, 2013 at 0:04

Unfortunately, the gate at the back of Coulthard Close was removed by the council in May 2012, due to saftey fears. I still look after the SMJ boundry fence, as it can be prone to vandalism, particularly during the summer months.


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Comment by Andy Thompson on February 29, 2012 at 23:38

Cant wait! Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 25, 2012 at 22:54

I've put myself  in charge of the up-keep of the gate since we rescued it in July 2009, and i will be taking my camera, so i should have plenty to show after my journey1


Comment by Andy Thompson on February 25, 2012 at 14:21

My brother ;ives in the Shires. Senna Drive. His son palys at the bottom of Coultard Clos (or somethng) on what was the Olney branch. You've got a lovely orginal gate down there, I have some shots! Dont forget to atke lots of piccys! Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 24, 2012 at 20:15

Okay, thanks. I'll be heading out that way on April 9th, i'm planning a mini expedition to walk on from the Permanant way hut in Showsley with my destination being the Salcey Forest station. I went out with my cousins on April 9th 2009 to see the Olney branch and walked from the farm in Piddington until i reached the station. I then discovered a railway chair on the bank which i took back home to where i live, in Towcester. I still have it to this day, along with other railway artifacts which i discovered in the forest behind Coulthard Close, The shires, Towcester, opposite where i live.



Comment by Andy Thompson on February 21, 2012 at 18:03

When last I was there Richard, the under pass could still be walked except for the land owners fencing


Comment by Richard Woods on February 21, 2012 at 17:56

Is the bridge under the M1 impassable?

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