‘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 on Friday.

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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Screen grabs taken, with thanks from a video by Morrie Greenberg called "The Great Central line in the 1960s"

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Comment by Richard Pike on September 8, 2012 at 12:09

Heading south from Staverton Road box the structures were bridge over A425, the now demolished Staverton viaduct, the three arch overbridge that can be seen in the photo, Catesby viaduct that carried the GC over the infant river Leam then a now demolished plate girder underbidge leading to another three arch overbridge before reaching the north portal of Catesby tunnel.

Comment by Ben on September 8, 2012 at 10:39
Sorry, Staverton viaduct Catesby tunnel?
Comment by Ben on September 8, 2012 at 10:28
My thoughts exactly!
Comment by Richard Pike on September 7, 2012 at 17:21

I'd say it is Staverton Viaduct and the train is heading south towards Catesby viaduct..

Comment by Ben on September 6, 2012 at 9:18

Bit confused as to this one, I don't think this is Helmdon as the bridge that the train is about to go under doesnt exist?  

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