‘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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Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson 5 hours ago.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman 9 hours ago.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson 22 hours ago.

Byfield station woodwork colour 1 Reply

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson yesterday.

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"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
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"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
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"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

1 May 17, 2018
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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

"Details now available here: Binton station site advert POA unfortunately. Anybody i…"

Simon Stevens replied Jun 2, 2017 to Planning Application for Binton Station Site

12 Apr 27, 2019
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