‘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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily 11 hours ago.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

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John Douglas posted a status
"My neighbour in Binton grew up in a cottage near the station. He remembers a guy called ‘Digger’ Stanley (from Stratford) in charge."
Apr 19
John Douglas posted a status
"Ref. Binton Station The site is being developed by Duchy Homes and the proposed layout is on http://www.duchyhomes.co.uk/welford#siteplan"
Mar 22
Stuart John Dodd commented on John Douglas's photo
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Binton

"This may work better  https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1882493,-1.8649743,17.46z By the side of the B49 "
Jan 29
Stuart John Dodd commented on John Douglas's photo
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"Some of the ploughing engines survive, https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1878642,-1.8645735,3a,60y,12.11h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4OuJRLgUSVsK5pOe0Tipow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656"
Jan 29
Dick Bodily commented on John Douglas's photo
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Binton

"must have been taken pre 1960 south link put in at Stratford. 48204 would have either have been allocated to Toton (18A) or Westhouses (18B) then, looks like the latter as far as I can make out. Either would not have been that usual I would have…"
Aug 31, 2017
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Binton

Steam collection at Binton
Aug 25, 2017
John Douglas replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"Further to my mail, here is an extract from sales info. 'The site benefits from an outline planning permission for the erection of up to 24 dwellings, including retention of the existing Station House. Application Ref: 14/01391/OUT (with effect…"
Aug 25, 2017
John Douglas replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"Ref Binton Station. Here are two photos ref the sale for housing development. John Douglas"
Aug 25, 2017
Peter S Lewis left a comment for John Douglas
"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…"
Aug 22, 2017
John Douglas left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Are there any photographs of live steam at Binton? I have only found the attached."
Aug 22, 2017
John Douglas is now a member of The SMJ Society
Aug 14, 2017

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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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