‘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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Walking the SMJ 2 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Jean Cholerton yesterday.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

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Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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I found this on flickr and thought folks would like to see...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d1059/5670130373/in/photostream/

I noted from the train the other day you could see a slight embankment between the station site and the M40. I might have taken a photo, I cannot remember off hand as images are stored elsewhere.

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Gary,

The embankment of the LNWR line to Cockley Brake is clearly visible even today although the M40 bisects it.  The point at which the M40 crossed the line is the site of the WW1 Shell Filling Plant.  You can see some of the brick bunker walls in the fields either side of the motorway.  There is little informatin about the site in existance but there is a brief description of it in the Buckinghamshire Railway by Bill Bedford.

Si

Hi Si,
Yes I used to travel it daily and the Shell Filling site is indeed very clear and a fair size. I manage to post a picture a while back of the embankment from Southbound M40 thanks to traffic I just hadn't seen the view from the train for absolutely ages. Prone to flooding now though I noticed.
Will have to see if I can get a copy of the book so I can read more. Was it served by the line at all do we know?

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