‘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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This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield stationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkTcCWk4YkThis shows steam on the Paddington…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

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.

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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Mark Dalley
"Hello Mark, Thanks for joining the SMJ site!! Enjoy! Peter"
Dec 10
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jim Brown
"Hello Jim, Thanks for your kind reply.. Its always interesting to know of people's links with the line... I am sure you will find plenty here to search through, though not sure if you will find what you are looking for..but you may come across…"
Nov 23
Jim Brown left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hi Peter, I believe my grandfather (TF Brown) worked on the SmJ. He is on the WW1 poster now displayed on Stratford station. I was wondering if there any staff records available. I also live near Edge Hill and am interested in the branch line that…"
Nov 22
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jim Brown
"Welcome! And what is your interest /connection with the SMJ?? Peter"
Nov 22
Peter S Lewis left a comment for William Moreno
"Hello William.. Welcome to this dedicated SMJ only website. What connections do you have with the line? Peter"
Nov 15
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Michael Roake
"Hello Michael, Thanks for joining us here on the SMJ site! Do you have a connection with the line..or an interest? Peter"
Oct 31
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jon Bradshaw
"Jon, We shall look forward to your pictures!! Peter"
Sep 28
Jon Bradshaw left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Peter, my interest started with the Newport Pagnell Branch line and extended to the Varsity Line, but of late I find it fascinating there was a Railway cutting across the local landscape which was blessed with a Station at Salcey Forest. So my…"
Sep 28
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jon Bradshaw
"Hello Jon, Welcome to the SMJ site! What brings you here? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Guy Boyling
"Hello Guy, Welcome to the SMJ site! Do you have any SMJ connections? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Louise Grady
"Hello Louise, Welcome to the site.. Do you have connections with the SMJ? Peter"
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"Hello Steve, Welcome to the SMJ site! Do you have any connection? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Julian Porter
"Hello Julian, Well, that's a link and a half!! It'll be interesting to see if other SMJ members can shed any light on this..but there is a very full resource here (the site!!) for you to trawl through!! Peter"
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Julian Porter left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Peter, Yes my name is appropriate. I worked for the railways for 32 years. I used to say I was the only Porter to actually do some work!! Yes there is a connection, one of my Great Great Uncles, William White, was a "Labourer Railway" on…"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Julian Porter
"Hello Julian.. Welcome to the SMJ site!! Your surname is very apropos!! Do you have connections with the SMJ? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Richard Denny
"Richard, The same with me , really.. Living at the western end of the line (Bidford-on-Avon) I though I ought at least know something about the line!! Peter"
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At 23:37 on November 22, 2018, Jim Brown said…

Hi Peter, I believe my grandfather (TF Brown) worked on the SmJ. He is on the WW1 poster now displayed on Stratford station. I was wondering if there any staff records available. I also live near Edge Hill and am interested in the branch line that took iron ore down the Hill to the Burton Dasset junction in the 1920s.

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Jim Brown

At 21:02 on September 28, 2018, Jon Bradshaw said…

Peter, my interest started with the Newport Pagnell Branch line and extended to the Varsity Line, but of late I find it fascinating there was a Railway cutting across the local landscape which was blessed with a Station at Salcey Forest. So my interest really is local Railways but I find this one particularly interesting. I will be adding pics in due course!!

At 1:19 on August 21, 2018, Julian Porter said…
Peter,
Yes my name is appropriate. I worked for the railways for 32 years. I used to say I was the only Porter to actually do some work!!
Yes there is a connection, one of my Great Great Uncles, William White, was a "Labourer Railway" on the 1871 census, and was, along with 4 others doing the same job, lodgers with a family in Wappenham and were presumably building the line, which I believe, at the time, was called the Northampton and Banbury Junction Railway. I attach the census record that shows him and Samuel Cox, William Cox and George Reeves.
I have recently purchased a couple of books on the line, but I'd be interested to know who they may have been working for and how long these jobs would have lasted.
Cheers,
Julian
At 13:14 on August 19, 2018, Richard Denny said…

None apart from an almost lifelong interest in railways and that I was born and live less than 5 miles from the line. Its a line that I have become more interested in in recent years.

At 9:57 on July 26, 2018, COLIN ARTHUR SKEARS said…
Peter, I have received a suspicious mail from a David Hurley who may be using the site to promote his interests outside of SMJ use.
At 15:18 on April 20, 2018, Kirsty Darcy said…

Hi Peter, the site is accessible for you to visit whenever you choose at the moment - please feel welcome to visit and take photographs.  If you would like to be met at the site by a member of our team to talk through our plans and timescales, we'd be more than happy to arrange this.  Please email me directly at kirsty.darcy@duchyhomes.co.uk if you would like to accept this invitation. Thanks. Kirsty

At 9:30 on April 19, 2018, Kirsty Darcy said…

Hi Peter, I'm very well thanks although still not managed to make contact with any Binton railway workers - still trying! Hope you're well too.  If you can let me know the purpose of your visit and when you'd like to go, I can contact our site team and ask the question. The original station house is being retained. Kind regards, Kirsty

At 15:06 on March 26, 2018, Kirsty Darcy said…

Hello Peter, thank you for adding me to this site.  Yes, that's correct - I work for Duchy Homes and we have an upcoming development at the old Binton railway station. We're hoping to find anyone who used to work there, or their relatives, to involve them in the redevelopment process and share their story with us. Fingers crossed someone here can help! Thanks. Kirsty

At 17:27 on March 8, 2018, Martin Yallop said…
I work in community rail, l seek out new users for redundant station buildings.
At 15:38 on March 8, 2018, Martin Yallop said…

Hello Peter,

Sadly no connections but I did become aware of it through many years of travelling up and down the Fosse Way. I work in the rail industry so have a professional interest as well.

Regards

Martin

 
 
 

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