‘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"


SMJ Forum

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

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Jean Cholerton yesterday.

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

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

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

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Comment by Andy Thompson on April 10, 2010 at 16:00
I know what you mean! Still its been there this long... (anyway, they way a ton!)
Comment by Duncan Chandler on April 8, 2010 at 16:31
There are of course some other bridges that show where the signs were as the rails are still there such as the station bridge in Kineton. Lets hope its there for many years to come. Andy you are right of course that if someone wants the sign they will take it no matter what, although somehow it would take something away from the village as it always felt like i'd got home when i drove past the sign.
Comment by Gary on April 7, 2010 at 22:19
I have to agree - I was wary of mentioning it but I am sure people know about it.
Comment by Andy Thompson on April 7, 2010 at 13:00
Its a good point Duncan but if someone wanted to have it, no amount of fixings would keep it safe.. Andy
Comment by Duncan Chandler on April 7, 2010 at 10:51
This sign is still looked after, I just hope that now it is publicised no one thinks they can help themselves as it must be the last on the line.

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