‘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 1 Reply

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

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Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

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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

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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

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Line to Banbury looking towards Farthinghoe

Taken from M40. The one benefit from a traffic jam
8 September 2011

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Comment by alwyn sparrow on November 26, 2011 at 5:23

Apparently there was a serious explosion on the site in 1917 in which several workers were seriously injured.There is a short section about this former munitions site in Bill Simpsons

book" The Banbury to Verney Junction Branch".


Comment by Gary on November 25, 2011 at 13:54

I pass it every day going to work but this was first time I could get a photo.

As you know Si, the remains of the munition storage are still visible to the North of the formation

Comment by Si Donal on November 25, 2011 at 13:45

A very familiar view to me.  There was a WW1 Ministry of Munitions shell filling factory on this /SMJ joint line.  When the M40 was built a few old shell cases were found.  In WW2 the area was used for military training and an old conventor tank was placed here as a target.   The munitions factory had a rail connection to the LNWR Banbury - Cockley Brake Junction line.  This had it's own loco with a spark arrester.  I wonder how many trucks loaded with filled shells went to their destination via Towcester/Blisworth as an alternative to gaining the LNWR mainline at Bletchley via Buckingham/Verney Junction.

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