‘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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At 10:58 on February 18, 2011, Dick Bodily said…



Thanks for that shall probably attend the open day.



At 8:46 on February 17, 2011, Dick Bodily said…



Welcome to the website.


I put together an album of pictures of Byfield which is on this website but most of the pictures are of the Ironstone workings. Follow the link SMJ Albums then search for Byfiled and you should find it.

I'd very much like to see the Woodford layout. I've heard about it from Rex Partridge but I've never actually got round to going to see it. I've not seen Rex since the 1960's but sometimes ring him up, He's helped a lot with info for some of my articles on this website ( Locos seen on the SMJ, Railtours, etc.) I believe he and some other local enthusiasts also have occasional (monthly?) get togethers at the same venue.


Dick Bodily

At 8:00 on February 17, 2011, Keith Simmons said…

Hi Guys

I am a member of Woodford Halse Model Railway Club

I lived in Woodford for 15 Years

I recently moved to Eydon - 2 miles away


I am researching Byfield as i have th task of constructing a OO scale model of the station Buildings


Any Pictures or plans would be gratefully received


The Club has a layout over 3 rooms in the Social Club in Woodford

Based on Woodford and its environment including the SMJ junction

Has been there for over 30 year sand has been renovated over the last 3 years and work is continuing

We meet for a couple of hours on a Wednesday at & Pm


Other times when construction taking place


Visitors and new Members always welcome!



At 7:08 on February 17, 2011, Andy Thompson said…

Glad you found us Keith! Welcome aboard!



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