‘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

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Friday.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

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Burton Dassett/Edgehill Light Railway


 

 

 

The East & West Junction railway (E&W) proposed a new line from a junction with the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway at Greens Norton to Stratford Upon Avon.
In 1864 Lady Palmerson came and cut the first sod.
The E&W became a part of the SMJ in January 1st, 1909.

 

Blakesley

Morton Pinkney

Woodford Halse

Byfield

Fenny Compton

BurtonDassett/Edgehill Light

Kineton

Ettington

Stratford Upon Avon

Binton

Bidford

Broom


The Edge Hill Light Railway was built to develop the large ironstone reserves which lay on the Northants / Oxfordshire border. The huge demands of Word War 1 at the time were really making any source of iron ore worth harvesting.  The thrust behind the idea of the line seems to have been the proprietors of the Stratford on Avon and Midland Junction Railway (SMJ) who saw it as a means of increasing traffic on their railway. The Edge Hill Light Railway was built with standard gauge track  throughout, starts from a junction with the SMJ at Burton Dassett sidings approximately half-way between Fenny Compton and Kineton stations on the SMJ and adjacent to the main road between Banbury and Warwick. The shelter on the platform served as an office for the goods depot foreman. The light railway branch led out of a siding on the south side of the SMJ line and quickly curved away to the south-west. Harry Willmott, the SMJ Chairman, later became chairman and Arthur E Diggings of the SMJ was its secretary and subsequent traffic manager of the new line. The promoters acquired mineral rights to over 600 acres around Edge Hill. The chairman of the company in 1922 was Mr Harry Willmott, chairman of the SMJR and the chief officers of the Edge Hill Light Railway were also those of the SMJ.


This 3.5 mile long ironstone line was engineered by Stephens in 1919 with a 1 in 6 cable-worked inclined section in the middle. The line's working life started in 1922 but it never officially opened and intermittent activity ceased in 1925 as the ironstone deposit was uneconomic. Quarries on Edge Hill were worked until January 27, 1925, when the last load was brought down the EHLR to Burton Dassett. Since that date the line has been disused. The line was severed in WW2 for an army ordinance depot  and stock and the remaining line rotted away until torn up for scrap in 1946


The railway and its rolling stock was left to rot for another 22 years before it was dismantled. For more on the Edgehill Light Railway click here  For more images  click here  and here



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