‘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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SMJ Forum

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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" Count me in! Jim."

Jim Goodman replied Oct 27, 2014 to Get Together

10 Nov 24, 2014
Reply by Richard Heacock

"Hi Simon, I've just played my DVD copy of an old cine film of the SMJ and it closes…"

Jim Goodman replied Jun 16, 2014 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

6 Jan 22
Reply by Simon Stevens

"Hi Jack, Sorry, can't help you with any photos you are looking for, but good luck i…"

Jim Goodman replied Jun 16, 2014 to Fenny Compton

2 Jun 17, 2014
Reply by Jack Freuville

"I always wonder if the farmer owns the land. Last time I was there he said to me tha…"

Jim Goodman replied May 27, 2013 to remains of SMJ

13 May 27, 2013
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Nigel, M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arth…"

Jim Goodman replied Apr 1, 2013 to EHLR JUNCTION

5 Dec 4, 2014
Reply by NIGEL

"Hi Si, Is this plan of any use? The first Burton Dassett one of course. "

Jim Goodman replied Mar 16, 2013 to EHLR JUNCTION

5 Dec 4, 2014
Reply by NIGEL

"Hi Dick, I got this book for Christmas, I think I've got or seen all the old SMJ pho…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 2, 2013 to Northamptonshire South & West (BR Past & Present)

2 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Gary, When I visited the site in 2011 a farmer did inform me that it was not a publi…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 2, 2013 to Salcey Forest Station Site

14 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Richard Woods

"I think the station site is just to the left of the gap in the hedge, there definite…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 1, 2013 to Salcey Forest Station Site

14 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Richard Woods

"Hi All, First of all that's a great picture Stephen, where did you come across that?…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 1, 2013 to Salcey Forest Station Site

14 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Richard Woods

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