‘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 Oct 15.

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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This is the view from the upstream (Stratford) side of the Avon bridge. A footbridge had exisited at this spot for many years and town records list it as a wooden structure in the early 19th century. The footbridge shown here was the first substantial structure and was replaced with the present one using the same piers. Until the E & W Railway bridge was reused for the relief road the only vehicle crossing of the Avon was Hugh Clopton's road bridge about a mile upstream. The Stratford & Moreton Tramway which crossed the E & W line near the site of Clifford Sidings adjacent to the Birmingham - Oxford turnpike road (later A34) entered the town on the first ever multi arch brick viaduct built for railway use. It was never converted to road vehicle use due to its width and is now a footpath. Considering the political arguments and vested interests that dragged out through the fifties and sixties regarding the provision of a second Avon road crossing the town should be grateful that the railway that they chose to ignore for so long should have left them with such a useful legacy.

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Comment by Si Donal on November 9, 2012 at 6:51

Wow - what a nice photograph.  Those Edwardian scenes always look so stylish.  If you look at the train, the third wagon and possibly the fourth hare marked E&W.  Photo's of SMJ liveried wagons are rare enough but this only the second E&W wagon photo I have seen, the other being a single bolster wagon in a wagon-builders portrait.

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