‘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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Lost Railways of Warwickshire
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In case anyone's interested, my book "Lost Railways of Warwickshire", published by Countryside Books, is now in the shops. Chapter 7 is devoted to the SMJ. I acknowledge my debt to this website in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geoffrey Kingscott Nov 13, 2009.

Midland Railway Society
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The latest issue (no. 41, Autumn 2009) of the Journal of the Midland Railway Society features the SMJ, with a major article by Maurice Jeyes giving a personal view of working locomotives on the line…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dick Bodily Nov 6, 2009.


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At 17:13 on March 14, 2010, Andy Thompson said…

Have you any contacts who might be able to do something with the layout for us?

At 13:28 on November 13, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
This book covers the main and branch lines built in the county in the early days of steam, mainly by the LNWR and GWR companies. By the turn of the 20th century lines began to close, made uneconomic by the rise of motorised transport. Illustrated.
But Geoffrey's book at Amazon - click here
At 21:14 on October 20, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Nice to have your input Geoffrey

At 16:24 on October 20, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…
Hello Geoffrey!

Welcome to the site!
I hope you like what you see here!


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