‘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

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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

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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

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Here's an advertisement for our line.  I beleive it is from the Railway Year Book.  It is undated but as it is advertising the Shakespeare Tercentenery, I beleive that dates it to 1916.  Through carriages via the Woodford link are mentioned as well as links via LNWR and Midland Railways.  For me, the advertising of my "local" station of Morton Pinkney as detraining point for Sulgrave Manor is interesting.  What I really love about this though is the promotion of Goods Services and it's "modernistic" 3 link coupling logo. 

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Nice find Si! Good to hear from you, are you OK? What news of the Kineton visit too!!


I like the optimism of "This well organized and Important Railway"......

Lively, up to date image of a working line.

Hi Andy,

Been far away with work then caught chicken pox! I am now back in UK for a while.  I will re-start my contact with the authorities at Kineton again once I clear my desk.  All is well and I have even found some time to do some SMJ modelling. Hope all is well with you too.



Andy Thompson said:

Nice find Si! Good to hear from you, are you OK? What news of the Kineton visit too!!


"A.E. Diggins, Traffic Manager, Stratford-on-Avon."

On 2nd April 1911 Arthur Ernest Diggins (b.1872 Kings Lynn - d.1955 Ipswich), wife Ethel Dawson Diggins nee Souter (b.1873 Chesterfield, married 1903 Chesterfield, d.1930 Uxbridge), sons Raymond Howard Diggins (b.1904 Chesterfield) and Eustace Arthur Diggins (b.1910 Stratford) were living at "Illahee", Chestnut Walk (at its junction with Rother Street) Stratford. His occupation was "Secretary and Accountant of Railway Company".

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