‘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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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 yesterday.

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.


Like others I have received the same scam message, my strong advice is delete it immediately and clear it from your 'recycled bin'. It will either directly contain a virus or a link that tries to get your money one way or another.Dave HaywardContinue

Started by Dave Hayward Dec 24, 2020.

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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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