‘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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Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive Mar 21.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 2 Replies

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive Mar 21.

Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Feb 16.

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Site of Salcey Forest station looking west

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Comment by Tim Roy on December 19, 2019 at 11:14

This photo was taken looking west. The remains of the platform are to the right (north) of the track. I also posted a photo looking east with the remains of the platform to the left.

Regards, Tim

Comment by Donald Cook on December 15, 2019 at 15:33

Salcey Forest station was nearer to what is now the B526, previously the A50.  If the photo was looking east instead of west then it could be the bridge under that road to the south of Horton.

Comment by NIGEL on July 8, 2018 at 12:40

No. 72 Maintenance Unit Squadron March 1942 - 1957 Salcey Forest near Roade. This was an Equipment Dispersal Depot initially a storage facility for aircraft engine spares, it quickly expanded to become a major depot for all manner of ground equipment needed by the regions airbases.

Comment by Ron Johnson on July 7, 2018 at 13:15

Was RAF Roade serviced from here?

Comment by Tim Roy on August 30, 2016 at 10:37

Hi John,

The track bed curves too much for the Piddington bridge to be seen from this location (see the maps in my post about the location of the SMJ plate near Salcey Forest).

It is either the footpath footbridge (red ringed in the above maps) or a hedge on top of the cutting.

Regards, Tim

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:01

I wonder if the bridge in the distance is Forest Road, Piddington.

Comment by John Evans on August 27, 2016 at 8:00

This is how I remember it, Tim.

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