‘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 6 Replies

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

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Train Simulator SMJ 7 Replies

For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using terrain from imported Google Earth and imagery of the line from the SMJ days. As you'd expect, the route is…Continue

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Barry's SMJ book 4 Replies

I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and is being published by Black Dwarf mid-August, cost &25 plus p.p.Continue

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SMJ Section on the Warwickshire Railways website

I have now added more information, much of it generic, to the Warwickshire Railways website. Please review it and advise me if there are any errors.…Continue

Started by mike musson Jul 29.

SMJ section on Warwickshire Railways website

I have now added more information, much of it generic, to the Warwickshire Railways website. Please review it and advise me if there are any errors.…Continue

Started by mike musson Jul 29.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 5 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

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"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…"
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"Hello Robert, A warm welcome to the SMJ site! What brings you here?  Fomer SMJ /LMS/railway worker? Relative of same? /Lived alongside the SMJ/ Historical researcher...!!! Kind regards, Peter"
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At 13:03 on August 22, 2017, John Douglas said…

Are there any photographs of live steam at Binton? I have only found the attached.

At 20:24 on December 12, 2016, Paul Kirkup said…

Hello Peter, thanks for letting me join. Ah, London Midland, well, that came about because a few years ago I wanted to respond to a query posted by someone asking for some railway related information, and I had to come up with an email address to do so. Having lived within sight and sound of part of the LMR for over half a century, I have deeply fond memories of its trains and in particular the lovely maroon signs, so it was an easy choice.

I don't have a working railway background, although I am apparently distantly related to Robert Stephenson, and my grandfather was a Station Master on the LNER, but I have been fascinated by railways all my life.

The main reason I asked to join the SMJR was because, having just completed a 4mm scale model of a freelance branch terminus set in the Dorset/Hampshire area, I was looking round for my next modelling project. After reviewing several hundred station plans I came across Byfield, and was immediately hooked. Here was a delightful wayside station with passing loop, goods yard, shed(s), signal cabin, bridges and water tower, and, as a bonus, it saw traffic and locos from various regions as well as BR standard types. So, that is my next build, as faithful a replica of Byfield as I can make, but I'll be using a bit of modellers licence and will be assuming that it kept its passenger service long enough to receive the unwelcome attention of Dr Beeching, as my favoured era is the transition from steam to diesel, say the early 1960's. I am delighted that there is so much information available on this site to help me realise that aim.

Kind Regards,

Paul

At 18:49 on March 5, 2016, Stephen Moss said…

Thanks Peter

I grew up in Pattishall but live in Boston USA. Came across the site and it brought back very happy memories

Thanks

Steve

At 15:29 on February 28, 2016, Jean Cholerton said…

Hello Peter,

I will mention a railway talk when I go on March 10th.  Will get back to you if they are interested.  Many thanks

Jean

At 15:35 on February 26, 2016, Jean Cholerton said…

Hello Peter,

I am about to speak to the W.I. at Bidford about our stretch at Cranhill and the nature reserve.  Have included pics of Broom and Binton stations with railway track etc., maps, and a bit of history.  10th. March

regards, Jean

At 7:47 on February 17, 2016, Karen Tonks said…
Thanks Peter, glad to have found you. I'll see if I can work out how to add the photos of the model railway layout I was asked to share!
At 22:37 on November 4, 2015, Mike Smith said…

Thank you Peter,  I live in Foxcovert Drive, Roade - right where the line use to pass by and have been interested in it for the last few years. Out and about recently on my bike I have come across more and more of what was the SMJ so decided to join.  I am originally from Loughborough so have been interested in the Great Central Railway for many years and this started my interest in old railways.

At 18:03 on September 8, 2015, Terry Andrews said…

Many thanks Peter for letting me join.
I walked the line yesterday between Blisworth & Tiffield, cant believe how much really remains, in such a short section.  Took loads of photos and short video clips of what I found.
I plan on walking the whole route over the winter period, so looking forward to that.
I normally post on the FB page "Disused Railways" and have my own personal FB  blog of my ramblings "The Last Trains Gone"  you have an excellent site here that has already answered several questions on things I found yesterday.
So many thanks, and look forward to posting shortly.
All the best
Terry.

At 16:25 on September 1, 2015, david Irving said…

Thank you Peter,

I've had a general interest in local railways for quite sometime now (I live in Coventry) but have only recently been interested in the SMJ

 

I am currently making an 00 1:76 railway model of Binton station during its LMS period

At 6:43 on August 15, 2015, Tanya Jackson said…

Hiya Peter,

I included  links to the pics in my Public Dropbox in my first post. Can you access them? If not I will email them to you.

I will have a look at Steam Tube - sounds interesting.

best wishes

Tanya

 
 
 

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