‘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 5 Replies

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. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN 9 hours ago.

DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by David Mead Nov 24.

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.

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BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 having waited for 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No 90065 now collects the staff for Stratford upon Avon.

Photographer TE Williams

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:05

British Railways Standard Class 9F No 92205 having waited for ex-WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No 90065 now collects the staff in order to proceed on to Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960 (see image 'smj_brm400'). Broom East was a new signal box erected under the direction of the wartime Railway Executive in 1942 as part of the construction of the south curve. Whilst Broom East was a standard all timber structure its counterpart, Broom West which was required at the end of the curve on the Midland Railway Alcester to Evesham route, was built using brick and concrete (see image 'smj_brm396'.

This photograph is available in colour in 'The Lost Colour Collection Volume 1' ISBN 978-1-911262-04-6 Irwell Press Limited.

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