‘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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Train Simulator SMJ 6 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

Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by NIGEL Jun 12.

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Jun 2.

SMJ Blog

This is a link to my blog about the SMJ on the Amberley Books web site. I am an author for Amberley - hopefully you may find this potted history entertaining. Here is the direct link: …Continue

Started by John Evans May 25.

Trespasser sign 4 Replies

Hello All.Brought myself a trespasser sign to restore. I have seen in it three colors....Black on white.White on black.White on red.Not sure which one is correct, which would be the authentic color please?I have been told white on black.Thanks.Alan.Continue

Started by alan wilson. Last reply by alan wilson Apr 27.

Updating the SMJ content on the Warwickshire Railways website

Hi everyone.I am in the process of updating the SMJ section of the website. Having learnt my lesson a few years ago when John Jennings took me to task for confusing the location of Clifford Sidings and Ettington Limeworks, I would appreciate any…Continue

Started by mike musson Apr 25.

6800 at Byfield

I will be moving from LNWR/GNR territory at Peterborough to Byfield in May, I have had a poor copy of the attached photo for…Continue

Started by John Douglas Apr 16.

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MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton
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Further to my question yesterday about the last trains through Stratford SMJ Station, l informed my acquaintance about Richard's answer and got this in return.....I have spoken to a very elderly…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Davidson May 26, 2016.

The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]
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Hello everybody,Hopefully you can settle an argument for me.I was chatting to an acquaintance yesterday after looking at a photo of a pannier tank at SUA GWR Station  and l said it looks like the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Maund May 26, 2016.

 

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Rob Davidson replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
Jun 2
Rob Davidson replied to Gary's discussion 'Station Totems / running in boards'
"I went to the Three Horseshoes in Wixford for lunch today and they had an SMJR sign [probably a reproduction as it was perfect]"
Nov 4, 2016
Richard Maund replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]'
"The then Assistant Area Manager, David Mather, writing in Cotswold & Malvern Line News spring 2016 issue, says (inter alia): "....after the line from Kineton to Evesham Road was closed completely on 5th July 1965 coal wagons still had to be…"
May 26, 2016
Rob Davidson replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton'
"Thank you again Richard"
May 26, 2016
alwyn sparrow replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton'
"I'm sorry Richard but the documents ( 2 of 6 )  are undated but i would guess early 1970's. Alwyn."
May 26, 2016
Richard Maund replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]'
"Can you quote the URL of the webpage in question, please?"
May 26, 2016
Richard Maund replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton'
"After 1965 Kineton was only accessible via Fenny Compton, so any movements from Long Marston to there by rail would have been circuitous - and certainly not worked by WD/MoD steam locos!  The Stratford - Long Marston section also…"
May 26, 2016
Rob Davidson replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]'
May 25, 2016
Rob Davidson replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]'
May 25, 2016
John Jennings replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]'
"I can categorically confirm that apart from the demolition trains the very last working over the section of the former SMJ main line between Stratford and Burton Dassett was the SLS special that ran on 24.4.65. This is well documented. It nearly…"
May 25, 2016
Rob Davidson replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton'
"Thank you Alwyn"
May 4, 2016
alwyn sparrow replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton'
"This may help"
May 4, 2016
Geoff Howard replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton'
"Hi Rob - I worked at Bird Group from about 1972 which is adjacent to the MOD yard at Long Marston. We used to use the sidings there and one of my jobs was checking the trucks we were using with the station master at Long Marston, so I was there…"
May 4, 2016
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MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton

Further to my question yesterday about the last trains through Stratford SMJ Station, l informed my acquaintance about Richard's answer and got this in return.....I have spoken to a very elderly neighbour who worked at MOD Long Marston in the 60's and 70's. He tells me that the line was used by the MOD at that time to transport armaments to Kineton depot. He said steam was used up until 1971. So he confirms that that is what I heard at night as a child.Is this some secret that no one knows…See More
May 4, 2016
Rob Davidson replied to Rob Davidson's discussion 'The very last train at Stratford Old Town Station [SMJ]'
"Thank you Richard"
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At 16:04 on December 1, 2012, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Rob,

Welcome to the SMJ site!

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