‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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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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Binton

"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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