‘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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The caption sticker is missing from this picture, taken on July 17 1966 and I think it must be at Stratford. My memory is a blank - can anyone help?(Now we know it is the SMJ north spur to Old Town station seen from the Great Western line.) The line to Broom went just to the far side of those apartment blocks.

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Comment by Anthony W Hartley on October 19, 2016 at 15:58

Taken from the Sanctus road bridge looking South. both sides are now built up, the road now is where the main track veers to the right. The road shown in the pic is now a side road (Sandfield road)

Comment by John Evans on January 7, 2013 at 5:55

Hi Barry

Thanks very much for clearing this up for me. I now know exactly the spot, although I still cannot remember taking the picture. Still, it was 46 years ago!


Comment by Barry Taylor on January 6, 2013 at 15:41

This is definitely Stratford - view is from the Sanctus Road bridge looking along the GW line towards the old Racecourse platform. At that date I think that there was still just about a passenger service along there - I seem to remember going to Worcester that way around then. The SMJ spur off to the left to Old Town station looks as though it has been lifted with just the points left in. You can still stand on the bridge today but there are roads instead of rails below!

Comment by Gary on January 5, 2013 at 11:13

It does look like Stratford

EDIT: The buildings on the right look similar to those in the distance on one of your other shops. If this is the case then the remains of the station is off to the left. I think these buildings are on the Broom line formation or very closely abutted to it.

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