The Stratford and Midland Junction Railway in Warwickshire
The Stratford-Upon-Avon and Midland Junction railway was formed from the amalgamation of several connecting branch lines that crossed Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. However, despite the area covered, the lines for the most part were in rural areas with small populations and there were only two major population centres covered directly by the network: Towcester in Northamptonshire and Stratford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire. As a result, the lines were heavily dependent on through freight workings between the main lines they connected to as a source of revenue.
At the grouping the SMJ became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway. However, the declining passenger traffic would result in the passenger services across the SMJ to be withdrawn by 1952, in favour of concentrating on freight. However, this began to decline as well, and the SMJ network would be cut back completely over the next 13 years, the closures starting in the east and working westwards. By the end of 1965, the only section to remain open would be a section from Fenny Compton to the military depot at Burton Dassett, which remains open at present.
For the purposes of this site, I will concentrate on the western part of the network, between Fenny Compton and Broom Junction. For anyone wishing to find out more about the SMJ system as a whole, I can recommend the two-volume series “The Stratford-Upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway” by Barry Taylor.
Stratford and Midland Junction Railway (Warwickshire)
The diagram shows the approximate route and station sites of the Stratford and Midland Junction Railway between Broom Junction and Fenny Compton (the section of the line east of Fenny Compton is not within the remit of this site).
No public rights of way are inferred by this diagram.