‘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

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

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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As a wellesbourne Walker whose interest in railways and the oks smj in particular, are there restrictions on all or any sections of the smj. Yesterday I noticed a new private property sign on the over road bridge near Walton and Fosse. Horses/riders use it but does  that really preclude walkers? Interested to have responses. Like to observe the countryside code but is there scope to venture ? Thanks,  Peter 

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I'm aware of a few sections that are reasonably accessible on the Western section:

  • Most of the Gloucester Loop Line between Alcester and Salford Priors
  • from where the river bridge was at Broom to Bidford Road is a nature reserve
  • near Cranhill the trackbed is a privately owned nature reserve that the owner has said we can visit
  • between Binton Bridges and the site of Binton  station is a short permissive footpath
  • from Luddington Road, near the racecourse entrance, to the roundabout on Seven Meadows Road, Stratford
  • Severn Meadows Road itself of course but there's no pavement
  • Part of Goldicote cutting is a nature reserve

I haven't explored further east yet, can anyone else add to the list?

When I was a child in the 70s we would walk to the left of the bridge to the stream where the overbridge had been rmoved, looking from the opposite direction to Walton, we understood that the track bed to the right belonged to the Hutsby's and was private. In 93 I worked on their estate for a season and saw that the old station at Etington, which belonged to them was still intact, the station building itself had been extended and was used for the grooms accomodation, the weighbridge was still in use and calibrated by weights and measures on which we weighed the grain lorries and the goods shed was used as a  fertilizer store. One afternoon I changed an air tank on a Leyland lorry in there. the track bed from the station to the Walton bridge was being used by the Hutsby's exclusively for exercising their horses, it was my understanding that there was not a right of way but I think there was a path from the station to the village of Ettington.

There is a footpath following Severn Meadows Road but is separated from it by a hedge and includes a short section of track

Simon Stevens said:

I'm aware of a few sections that are reasonably accessible on the Western section:

  • Most of the Gloucester Loop Line between Alcester and Salford Priors
  • from where the river bridge was at Broom to Bidford Road is a nature reserve
  • near Cranhill the trackbed is a privately owned nature reserve that the owner has said we can visit
  • between Binton Bridges and the site of Binton  station is a short permissive footpath
  • from Luddington Road, near the racecourse entrance, to the roundabout on Seven Meadows Road, Stratford
  • Severn Meadows Road itself of course but there's no pavement
  • Part of Goldicote cutting is a nature reserve

I haven't explored further east yet, can anyone else add to the list?

In 1950s i camped in the field near the bridge, it still looks the same now except there are no passing trains

Stuart John Dodd said:

When I was a child in the 70s we would walk to the left of the bridge to the stream where the overbridge had been rmoved, looking from the opposite direction to Walton, we understood that the track bed to the right belonged to the Hutsby's and was private. In 93 I worked on their estate for a season and saw that the old station at Etington, which belonged to them was still intact, the station building itself had been extended and was used for the grooms accomodation, the weighbridge was still in use and calibrated by weights and measures on which we weighed the grain lorries and the goods shed was used as a  fertilizer store. One afternoon I changed an air tank on a Leyland lorry in there. the track bed from the station to the Walton bridge was being used by the Hutsby's exclusively for exercising their horses, it was my understanding that there was not a right of way but I think there was a path from the station to the village of Ettington.

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