‘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 on Sunday.

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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My planned move to Byfield has been cancelled but still going to SMJ territory at Binton.

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At 13:22 on August 22, 2017, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello John,

Trawling through Search "Binton" I cam across this reference..

DVD "The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ" issued by Hillside Publishing in 2006?There's 60 minutes of SMJ footage over the years "with over 20 different classes of engine in action".

..and there are a couple of shots of the traction engines at the Binton site..

Apart from that , nothing else located ..yet..Still searching!!

At 21:25 on August 14, 2017, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello John,

Thanks for rejoining!!

You may notice that the former SMJ site at Binton is on the market with outline planning permission for a number of houses..don't know what the former station building's future is though..

Peter

 
 
 

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