‘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 Oct 15.

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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Comment by Andy Thompson on April 1, 2010 at 12:39
There you go Martin - what do I know! Andy
Comment by David Blagrove on April 1, 2010 at 10:57
The picture is taken in one of three possible locations:
1. From the Roade-Hartwell Road looking east. The cutting has now been entirely infilled and is almost untraceable unless you know where to look.
2. From the Roade-Ashton road, also looking east and about 200 yards north of the WCML bridge. This is doubtful, since the line did not really run in a cutting at this point. Again most of the trackbed has been obliterated, but the bridge is still there.
3. From the Stoke Bruerne-Blisworth Road adjacent to Stoke Station, looking east. I would suggest this is the most likely spot. Near the point where the line emerges from the cutting, on the left side of the line is a ventilation shaft for Blisworth canal tunnel and a short distance further on the line crossed the line of the Blisworth Hill tramway, a horse-worked plateway laid down in 1800 during the construction of the canal tunnel and said to be the first railway in the south of England. It was taken up in 1805 and relaid from Blisworth Arm to Northampton; taken up again in 1815 when the parallel canal arm was opened and parts of it were recycled yet again to serve a quarry near Blisworth and some supposedly bought by Sir Marc Brunel to be used in the building of the Thames Tunnel. Today the stretch of line that runs under the course of the SMJ is well-preserved and forms part of the old "boat horse road" by which horses were led over the tunnel top while boats were worked through. The bridge that took the SMJ over the tram road was removed c1964/65 and the train seen here may have been engaged in this work. The scrap wagons stored on the line at this spot were removed in the summer of 1963.
Comment by Martin Broughton on March 31, 2010 at 14:33
Interesting photo.... the amount of vegatation and encroachment of hedge growth contradicts the brightness of the rails.
Comment by Andy Thompson on March 31, 2010 at 13:35
Given the date Richard - I would say so. Andy
Comment by Richard Woods on March 30, 2010 at 21:54
So is this Track lifting then?

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