‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop on Friday.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

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

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Oct 4.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Russ Firth Oct 3.

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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 Oct 4.

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 replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Broom Junction station site for sale'
"The site is now up for auction on 26 October 2021, guide price £375,000 including planning permission for a grand station style house on the platform and a signalbox where the sidings…"
Oct 4
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."
Apr 15
Simon Stevens posted photos
Mar 13
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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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