‘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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BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon.

Photographer TE Williams

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:02

British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits in the south curve loop for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960. The south curve was opened on 27th September 1942 which immediately removed the time consuming need to reverse at Broom station, a practice which had occurred from the day the line opened in 1873. The Austerity is displaying Class H headlamps, one above the other with the bottom lamp in the centre of the bufferbeam. The 9F was returning to the Oxfordshire ironstone sidings at Cropredy at was carrying Class F headlamps as seen in image 'smj_brm395'. Despite its dirty condition, No 92205 is only a year old having been built by Swindon works in May 1959. As with most British Railways locomotives, No 92205 was to have a short working life being withdrawn from 56A Wakefield shed in June 1967 to be scrapped by Draper's of Hull.

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