‘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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SMJ Forum

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens 1 hour ago.

Burton Dassett Cableway

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 on Wednesday.

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

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

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

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Nicholas Hemming Dec 30, 2020.

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Aston Le Walls

Aston Le Walls was a small platform halt 2 miles and 10 chains west of Byfield station. Very few images exist of the halt with its tracks in situ.The following shot was taken in the 80's and has been supplied by Barry Taylor The following map shows the line, the village but the halts location is not marked.


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Comment by Andy Thompson on January 3, 2011 at 12:16
Comment by Martin Broughton on December 3, 2009 at 20:33
Dick
The Halt was byfield side of the road bridge between Aston le walls and Lower Boddington. The OS map shows the word Midland which starts on the road I described. Imagine you were stood on the railbed at the bottom of the (i) of the word midland. The photo was taken at that point facing the downline towards Fenny Compton. The platform is Aston le walls side. The road bridge is obvious with the road falling towards Lower Boddington on the right. The picture is exactly the same today with the addition of overgrowth. The Road Bridge Number is SJT1 51 The siding would of been to the left of the picture adjacent to the platform and extended to the points some 3 chain the other side of the bridge.
Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:51

Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:50

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