‘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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Towcester Station (Eric Pickles collection)

"A charming group. Even the horse seems to have risen to the occasion with his pushy: 'hey, don't leave me out' pose."
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Remains of Salcey Forest SMJ station (winter 1962)

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Towcester from Lucas Bridge

"Busy scene isn't it? Not by way of people, but 'stuff' - infrastructure."
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Towcester

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Edgehill Light Railway

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2P 4-4-0 with Inspectors' train at Stoke Bruerne station circa 1950

"I like that shot - and I like Midland 2Ps - the ones with the 7' driving wheels and narrow chimneys."
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48131 at Roade 19-06-60 showing SMJ Bridge

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8F on Woodford West Curve (John Cosford)

"Who's that bloke day dreaming just feet from a moving train? Who, the fellow in the brown coat, oh, that's me (really)."
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CONCRETE POST.

"The next item is a work entitled 'CONCRETE POST'. Now, what am I bid, shall we say one and sixpence . . . . all right . . . . a shilling? "
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0-6-0ST "Cherwell"

"Looks like restoration is now in the pipeline for real. It has been a long wait. A few years ago I tried to donate railway books to sell or raffle for the (presumed) restoration fund for 'Cherwell', but I kind of got the brushoff from the…"
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