‘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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SMJ Forum

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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Ex-WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No 90448, on a Class H service, collects the staff from Broom East Signal Box.

Photographer TE Williams

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

Ex-WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No 90448, on a Class H service, collects the staff from Broom East Signal Box on 28th February 1960. Built as WD 8627 by the Vulcan Foundry in March 1944, the locomotive was renumbered by the War Department again in January 1945 by adding 70000 to the number. Disposed of by the WD to the LNER it became LNER No 3127 in March 1947 and under British Railways ownership it was renumbered as 63127 before being allocated No 90448 in January 1951 which it carried until December 1965 when it was withdrawn from 40B Immigham shed to be scrapped by Draper's of Hull.

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