‘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 8 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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Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 at Broom North Signal Box

Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956

Photographer JE Norris

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:04

Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43222 passes Broom North Signal Box with a SLS Railtour on 29th April 1956. The Stephenson Locomotive Society Railtour commenced at Kings Cross and proceeded to Hertford, Hitchin, Bedford, 0lney, Towcester, Stratford, Broom, Redditch, New Street to return to Euston via Coventry, Leamington, Rugby. The locomotive has just completed the Stratford upon Avon to Broom section of the former SMJ line and is now heading towards New Street via Barnt Green. Built as Midland Railway No 3222 by Derby works in 1890, the locomotive was allocated No 43222 in July 1949 which it retained until June 1959 when it was withdrawn from 41B Sheffield Grimesthorpe shed to be scrapped.

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