‘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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Comment by adrian vaughan on December 8, 2009 at 15:48
Thanks very much for your info, Richard. Very interesting.

Comment by Richard Hopkins on December 8, 2009 at 15:46
I believe the building behind the signal box is the bus garage of Stratford Blue Motor Services. The garage originally belonged to the Kineton Green Bus Services which Stratford Blue absorbed in 1937.
The garage was rebuilt in the 1950’s which explains why it looks new in the photograph. I think the building is still there today but I’m not sure what it’s used for.
With bus competition so near it helps to explains why the SMJ passenger services did not last long after nationalisation.
Comment by adrian vaughan on December 8, 2009 at 9:41
Don't know about the stock on the siding but there is a man on the platform ramp who might be an Inspector type and a porter is walking away from camera on platform. I get the strong impression that the train from which this was taken has been stood here for a while while the enthusiasts take photos and is in this picture just pulling away, watched by that Inspectorial person. I think this could be the train seen in another picture hauled by the 75xxx?
Comment by Andy Thompson on December 8, 2009 at 8:15
A scene lost to time and the car! What's the unit behind the station? It look new! Andy

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