‘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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A very old lady who lived for many years in Moreton Pinkney has just sent me this photograph of the station in East and West Junction days, possible in the 1890s. The people are on the westbound platform and are formally attired. Maybe they are going to the Mop Fair at Stratford? This picture is not in any of my SMJ books (Dunn, Jordan, Riley and Barry Taylor's excellent new work).

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Comment by John Evans on November 23, 2017 at 17:34

Of course - it's Blakesley that's on the south side of the line. Silly of me, considering I went there several times! Thanks Dick.

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 23, 2017 at 14:42

John,

They are about to board a train heading towards Towcester so it's not for the Mop.  My guess is either a Towcester Races special or more likely (seeing the number of children present) they are going to Blakesley Show which was then a big agricultural and horticultural show with various attractions including a sizable funfair.  It was held on C W Bartholomew's land at Blakesley Hall grounds, Woodend and specials as well as service trains were laid on. Visitors could buy all in entry tickets including a ride to and from the show from the station on CWB's miniature railway. Late night specials were run to take home people who had stopped on for the evening dance at the showground.

Dick

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