‘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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"The site is now up for auction on 26 October 2021, guide price £375,000 including pl…"

Simon Stevens replied Oct 4 to Broom Junction station site for sale

2 Oct 4
Reply by Simon Stevens

"Thanks to Peter Chadwick on the Bidford Forum Facebook group, I finally have a pict…"

Simon Stevens replied Jan 22 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

6 Jan 22
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"I'm aware of a few sections that are reasonably accessible on the Western section:…"

Simon Stevens replied Dec 12, 2020 to Rights of way on old smj trackbeds

4 Dec 24, 2020
Reply by Hugh Jones

"R.C.T.S. (London Branch) The Grafton Rail Tour "

Simon Stevens replied Oct 1, 2020 to 1959 rail tour

1 Oct 1, 2020
Reply by Simon Stevens

"RAF Atherstone's runway did end adjacent to the SMJ line - OS map aerial view so the…"

Simon Stevens replied Oct 7, 2019 to Aircraft crash

8 Feb 16, 2020
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Good question! Broom Junction station site is easily accessible for the moment; from…"

Simon Stevens replied May 27, 2019 to Walking the SMJ

4 May 27, 2019
Reply by Simon Stevens

"A belated update: Binton goods shed was demolished some time in July or August and t…"

Simon Stevens replied Sep 20, 2018 to Planning Application for Binton Station Site

12 Apr 27, 2019
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Site is now 'Under Offer', anyone here with grand designs?"

Simon Stevens replied May 17, 2018 to Broom Junction station site for sale

2 Oct 4
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Simon Stevens replied Dec 15, 2017 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

"There is a copy of the roll of honour on display in the ticket office at Stratford s…"

Simon Stevens replied Dec 15, 2017 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

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