‘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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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5…Continue

Started by Colin Franklin 9 hours ago.

Michael Mccarthy 3 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

Started by Paul Loveday. Last reply by Paul Dowding Mar 13.

Burton Dassett Cableway 1 Reply

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Mark Reader Feb 22.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 22.

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SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: …Continue

Started Sep 14, 2020

Broom Junction station site for sale
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Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17, 2018.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site
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I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27, 2019.

Film show in Warwick 4th May with some SMJ interest
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From the midweek Stratford Herald comes notice of a film show in Warwick on 4th May of local archive footage including 'a railway signalman from Kineton who stayed at his post even after the last…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Thompson May 9, 2014.

 

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Simon Stevens commented on Craig Donald's photo
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Walk along the old SMJ from Gayton to Blisworth.

"Great pictures, thanks for sharing. The Mk3 Transit means your walk was no earlier than 1986."
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Bridge over River Arrow at Broom, courtesy of Peter Chadwick via Facebook
Feb 9
Simon Stevens replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom'
"Thanks to Peter Chadwick on the Bidford Forum Facebook group, I finally have a picture of the River Arrow bridge at Broom"
Jan 22
Simon Stevens replied to Peter Vale-Humphreys's discussion 'Rights of way on old smj trackbeds'
"I'm aware of a few sections that are reasonably accessible on the Western section: Most of the Gloucester Loop Line between Alcester and Salford Priors from where the river bridge was at Broom to Bidford Road is a nature reserve near Cranhill…"
Dec 12, 2020
Simon Stevens replied to ray w's discussion '1959 rail tour'
"R.C.T.S. (London Branch) The Grafton Rail Tour"
Oct 1, 2020
Simon Stevens posted a discussion

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP Newsletter"Initial investigation of land ownership and other enquiries have shown thatthere seems to be a reasonable prospect of a continuous route to Stratfordupon Avon being possible using elements of the old railway line. This couldlink up with…See More
Sep 14, 2020
Simon Stevens replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Aircraft crash'
"RAF Atherstone's runway did end adjacent to the SMJ line - modern OS map so there could be a grain of truth in the story"
Oct 7, 2019
Simon Stevens replied to Michael Roake's discussion 'Walking the SMJ'
"Good question! Broom Junction station site is easily accessible for the moment; from there you can walk north to Alcester or south to Salford Priors along the remains of the Gloucester Loop Line. The southern curve of the Broom junction triangle is…"
May 27, 2019
Rob Davidson replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"I went to Billesley Manor Hotel on Friday where the company are putting on a show until tomorrow evening with a view to buying the Station Building. As we are already home owners we are not allowed to buy it and that is why it is so cheap. \It is…"
Apr 27, 2019
Jim Goodman replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"It's on the market. I thought it might of cost a bit more that £185k. I've attached the details:- Binton Station Jim."
Apr 27, 2019
Rob Davidson replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"The station building has been renovated and rebuilt as a 2 bedroomed house, although the second bedroom is only 7'6" by 7' so really a boxroom, but it is not been priced up yet"
Apr 10, 2019
Martyn Cooper replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"Visited the site last week, and building is well under way.  The station building remains intact."
Apr 10, 2019

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At 18:50 on November 30, 2014, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Simon,

Thanks for the info re the phisher...

Action has been taken.

Sorry if it caused inconvenience.. you have confirmed our suspicions.

Thanks again..

Peter

At 13:10 on April 20, 2014, Peter S Lewis said…

Simon,

Maybe some photos will turn up!!

Peter

At 8:38 on April 20, 2014, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Simon,

Welcome to the SMJ site..

We shall look forward to your contributions to the site.. and seeing members of Broom Historical Society joining.. with their wealth of photos(???)

Peter (Bidford-on-Avon)

 
 
 

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