‘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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Blakesley - Trackbed looking towards Morton Pinkney, BHMR ran through the double hedge on the left passing under the SMJ bridge where the pile of brick rubble is in the foreground.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on October 5, 2009 at 17:01
I think most of my memories, knowledge and my gran's yarns are already on the site. You'd need to send me some questions to prompt me if you insist!
Also my memory for detail isn't as good as many others that have contributed in the past and my written records of SMJR workings are virtually non-existant. I'm amazed at the knowledge of some people who write reminiscing articles for magazines, how do they do it? I'm sure John or Barry could provide better info on these matters and people who contributed to the old site like Richard Copping and Bob Hodson if they could be recontacted probably have more accurate memories than myself especially about Towcester....where the website all started!

Comment by Andy Thompson on October 5, 2009 at 16:26

I'd love it if you'd use the phone number and code listed on the home page and tell us some of these fantastic SMJ memories you have!

Comment by Dick Bodily on October 5, 2009 at 16:15
Looking towards Morton, for comparison see also Lloyd's 60s picture taken from the same spot. The miniature railway route passed just to the left of the pile of rubble and ran between a double hedge in a shallow cutting. Blakesley's famously tall Up Home signal stood roughly next to the tallest bush on the right hand site of the trackbed, Station master, Cecil Smart lived in a bungalow roughly where the blue car is hidden behind the hedge. The house that can just about be made out to the right of the car was once occupied by Alec Wyatt, C W Bartholomew's engineer responsible for running of the BHMR.

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