‘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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Footage of the SMJR

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

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2F WDs working to Bristol
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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 this discussion. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN Dec 3, 2021.

 

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CLIVE BOARDMAN replied to Bob Bishop's discussion '2F WDs working to Bristol'
"Hello Bob, no, sorry, I don't know the destination yards of the trains; I seem to remember that one of the later departures was to Cardiff, beyond that I don't know.  Yes, the connection at Stratford for the Honeybourne line was after…"
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"I now know about the 1942 south curve at Broom Jct"
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Bob Bishop replied to Bob Bishop's discussion '2F WDs working to Bristol'
"Thank you Clive so much for this. I have pondered this question for 60 years! Do you know what was the destination yard for these trains? I suspect that in the case of the South Wales trains in might have been Severn Tunnel Jct. You mention being…"
Dec 1, 2021
CLIVE BOARDMAN replied to Bob Bishop's discussion '2F WDs working to Bristol'
"Yes, the working travelled via the SMJ;  I was a fireman at Woodford from 1956 to 1958 and worked over the SMJ (the 'Nibble') many times.  There were several evening workings over the line from Woodford, mainly to South Wales,…"
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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?See More
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Which station was not on the SMJ network?
Dawlish
Which rail company became a constituate part of the SMJ?
The East and West Junction Railway

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