‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

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Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

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Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

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I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

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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.

Visited the site last week, and building is well under way.  The station building remains intact.

The station building has been renovated and rebuilt as a 2 bedroomed house, although the second bedroom is only 7'6" by 7' so really a boxroom, but it is not been priced up yet

It's on the market. For local buyers only who meet the local connection criteria. The stationmaster would have been okay.

I've attached the details:-

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71303533.html

Jim.

I went to Billesley Manor Hotel on Friday where the company are putting on a show until tomorrow evening with a view to buying the Station Building. As we are already home owners we are not allowed to buy it and that is why it is so cheap. \It is priced at £250,000 so will be sold at £185,000 to local people who are first time buyers

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