‘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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u-tube videos that might be of interest

This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield stationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkTcCWk4YkThis shows steam on the Paddington…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

Tags: of, Honour, Roll, War, SMJR

Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

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

Binton Station Planning Application May 2014

"Outline application for the development of up to 24 dwellings and change of use of existing Station House (Office) to residential"

Hopefully the railway buildings will be sympathetically treated.

Cheers,

Simon

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Thanks for this update Simon.

I took a walk to Binton today and was reminded to check up on the status of this application - outline permission was granted on 11th March 2016.  There is, however, no sign of any activity at the site.  I've posted some photos from today.

Cheers,

Simon

The Binton station site is now for sale through Peter Clarke estate agents in Stratford, no details on their website yet though.

Great opportunity for a deep pocketed SMJ enthusiast!

Details now available here:

Binton station site advert

POA unfortunately. Anybody interested?!

Ref Binton Station. Here are two photos ref the sale for housing development. John Douglas

Further to my mail, here is an extract from sales info.

'The site benefits from an outline planning permission for the erection of up to 24 dwellings, including retention of the existing Station House. Application Ref: 14/01391/OUT (with effect from the 11th March 2016) Stratford on Avon District Council.' 

A belated update: Binton goods shed was demolished some time in July or August and the rest of the site cleared of the remnants of the gas storage business, the station building remains.

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