‘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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There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Ian Merivale on Monday.

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens Sep 14.

Bidford-on-Avon station photos 2 Replies

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me in the right direction? (There are a few on…Continue

Started by Greg Wye. Last reply by Greg Wye Aug 30.

Stored coaches 4 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Ian Mathews Aug 16.

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Comment by Stephen on November 7, 2012 at 11:44

I think that this is a brick kiln.

Judging by the circular nature and the brick arches etc.

Great photo

Stephen Robbins

Comment by NIGEL on November 6, 2012 at 20:01

Note to self.......must visit this site soon.

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 14, 2009 at 15:40
Its fairly open Gary I'm crap at going in where I shouldn't and I went in! Fishermen use the flooded quarry pit so you might find peopel around. It full of stuff and lumps and bumps!
Comment by Gary on July 14, 2009 at 14:17
I will try to have a nose around. I love the exploring nature of old railways...
Is it open access or do you have a POC for permission?
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 14, 2009 at 14:00
Next time you are in the Towcester area, thge whole Easton Neston Quarry site is worth a look. There is a lot of the Llyods sidings still to see, the pit at Russia pit is now a lake and scattered all around are variuos buildings in various states of decay (such as this one). As to its original purpsoe - dunno!
Comment by Gary on July 14, 2009 at 13:56
Any idea as to what this is/was Andy?

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