‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

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John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

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The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Warley Poster

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Ettington


 

 

 

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


Ettington was a typical East & West station, to the north of the village from where its name came. It had sidings, goods yard and signalbox. It is worth noting that the small and very rare E & W boundary marker plates were only ever found near this location. A few were found in the sixties and a couple have been found in more recent times. There is no record of why they were cast but it was probably to mark the boundary between the local Quarry Co and the E & W. They were cast by the foundry in Old Town, Stratford just down the road from the E & W Station. This foundry later became known as The Royal Label Factory because it produced road signs for the Government. The sidings were right at the top of the incline and there was a kick back road laid on the level to enable standard gauge trucks to be horse shunted. This can be seen going through the gate in one picture in the slide show link below. I was told that empties were worked uphill from Stratford with the loco running into the siding and then reversing past the dock. Loaded trucks were always taken out eastwards and if they were destined to go west the train would be reformed at Ettington and reverse.



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