‘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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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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These are examples of the train staffs that were in use for the sections named from 1942 until the closure of the former ER&SJR section in 1960. Under normal "long and short" single line regulations only one type could be in use at any time with the instruments electrically locked once any one staff had been issued. The key formed at the end of the Broom East staff was to unlock the groundframes at Binton and Bidford. Both of these frames had facing point locks as when the installation was commisioned the section was still a passenger carrying line. The staffs and their instruments were products of the Railway Signal Company of Liverpool who were the original signal supplier to the E&WJR.

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Comment by Andy Thompson on July 21, 2011 at 19:45
Thanks for that John. I was thinking about the conversation about a whack round the head with one! Andy
Comment by John Jennings on July 21, 2011 at 8:13


The Broom North staff is 29.5cms overall and the Broom East staff is 27.5 cms overall. The square brass plate carrying the section information is 6 x 6cms.



Comment by Andy Thompson on July 19, 2011 at 19:58
Thanks for putting these up on the site John. What size are they?  Andy

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