‘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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Line to Banbury looking towards Farthinghoe

Taken from M40. The one benefit from a traffic jam
8 September 2011

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Comment by alwyn sparrow on November 26, 2011 at 5:23

Apparently there was a serious explosion on the site in 1917 in which several workers were seriously injured.There is a short section about this former munitions site in Bill Simpsons

book" The Banbury to Verney Junction Branch".


Comment by Gary on November 25, 2011 at 13:54

I pass it every day going to work but this was first time I could get a photo.

As you know Si, the remains of the munition storage are still visible to the North of the formation

Comment by Si Donal on November 25, 2011 at 13:45

A very familiar view to me.  There was a WW1 Ministry of Munitions shell filling factory on this /SMJ joint line.  When the M40 was built a few old shell cases were found.  In WW2 the area was used for military training and an old conventor tank was placed here as a target.   The munitions factory had a rail connection to the LNWR Banbury - Cockley Brake Junction line.  This had it's own loco with a spark arrester.  I wonder how many trucks loaded with filled shells went to their destination via Towcester/Blisworth as an alternative to gaining the LNWR mainline at Bletchley via Buckingham/Verney Junction.

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