‘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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Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 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 Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Lives in Brackley, Northants and is a volunteer signalman on the Severn Valley Railway. Enjoys all aspects of local railway history. 

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At 17:13 on April 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…
At 17:10 on April 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Paul,

Good point!

Though we're not just in cyber space!

We had a get together in Stratford last year...and something is being planned for 2016...in anticipation of 150 years since the line began..

SMJ150...!! There is a thread in the forum on the subject, I think!

Kind regards,

Peter

At 22:28 on March 31, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Paul,

I think most of us fall into the same category...either being aware of the railway in our childhood, then coming across it, so to speak , in another age and time....

It is fascinating to hear/read about the line in its heyday..although, I think, it never really had one.....Still, it was, and is, part of the landscape of the area....you can still see the remains..!

Kind regards,

Peter

At 21:01 on March 31, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

hello Paul,

A warm welcome to the SMJ site!

Do you have any connections with the line?

Peter

 
 
 

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