‘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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Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

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HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

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Dear All,

This is the view of 9015 depositing the coaches in the transfer siding at Fenny Compton. As you can see there is a large cast involved in this production - think of all that lovely Sunday overtime.......

Even if this special was packed to the roof, it must have cost more to run than the fares received as it consisted of only four coaches.

Regarding 44186 I wonder whether this loco was week-ending at Stratford and was sent out on this mission?

 - rather than coming from Northampton or Blisworth.

It would be good to hear from some-one who was on the train. I have scoured the magazines of that time for a "Tour Report" - but (yet) to no avail.

Oh, and I do not know who took this photo - I picked it up in a box of miscellaneous photographs some years ago, so thank you whoever took it. Sorry to be so late joining this discussion, but other things have been happening.


Robin Cullup

If you are a member of the Branch Line Society one of the older members might have been on this trip?
If you are not a member let me know and Iwill see what I can do.#Regards

Dave Hayward

I am not a member and have never belonged to the Branch Line Society, and this trip was long before I went on such jaunts - more's the pity.

All information will be appreciated.

Robin Cullup

Well Robin the date on this ticket fit's the bill, So was it this rail tour in your photograph ?


Thanks for this - I know that it was this special working, but the fascinating thing was the shunting of the train at Fenny Compton where the exchange siding between the GW and the SMJ was only quite short. This shunt also employed the 4F seen in the photograph put onto this site by Barry Taylor some months ago, as well as the GW 4-4-0 seen in my photo.

What we are seeking is someone who travelled on this train and can remember the sequence of events at Fenny Compton.

Robin Cullup

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