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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Nov 7.

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 19.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

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 Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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 Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

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 May 17.

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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…
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.
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.



At 20:14 on February 20, 2018, Dick Bodily said…


Thriving it never was, just keeping its head above water most of the time would be about right!

At 20:32 on February 18, 2018, Paul Tilly said…

Hi peter no i dont have any history with the railway but i moved to towcester a year or so ago and knew there use to be a old railway line so was just researching its history. Today i walked along where the old track would have been at belle baulk and its amazing to think that years ago this was once a thriving railway line

At 15:51 on January 27, 2018, Stuart John Dodd said…

There aren't any TGV lines near us,its much more like Stratford Old Town station with goods sheds disused but still intact, railways unfenced, there is a large railway yard at Buisson du Cadouin which is also intact, interesting google earth view! France didnt suffer a Beeching although there have been purges. Belves is our nearest station, again goods shed intact, couple of viaducts, it sadly lost the manned ticket counter last July

At 13:49 on January 27, 2018, Stuart John Dodd said…

Hello Peter,

 I remember my Grandfather mentioning your surname,he was the village wheelwright then carpenter/builder, he lived at The lindens until 1985 when he passed away, would have played football in the 20s/30s and was in the village cricket team, for which I still have his cap.

 Also I recall watching the 1972 Leeds v Arsenal FA cup match in the front room at Clifford with my Grandfather.

 My late father was the choir master and organist at St Helen's in the village until 1986 following on from his aunt who passed away in 1963/4.

 Unfortunately I only have a picture of Goldicote cutting road bridge taken in 1975 from the trackbed, after the road had been repositioned, so not very interesting I am afraid.

 My Father could recall seeing a 9f crossing Walton Bridge on his way to work from Pillerton Priors to Wellesbourne in 1965 and hearing locos working at night.

At 9:47 on January 27, 2018, Stuart John Dodd said…

Hello Peter,

Thank you for acceptance into the SMJ Society. I have a great interest in the line as I was born on the 21 July 1964 at the Lindens Clifford Chambers, within ear shot of the railway, then moved to Pillerton Priors in 1965, attending school at Ettington and later KES at Stratford. The line trackbed featured very heavily in my early years for walks and exploration, especially Goldicote Cutting. In 1993 I became aquainted with the weighbridge and goods shed at the very intact Ettington Station whilst working a season for the present owner, Hutsby's. I now live in the South of France but still retain a strong connection with the Startford area. I am an avid o gauge model loco builder, so Fowler locos are of particular interest.

At 6:48 on December 18, 2017, Paul williams said…

Hello peter thanks for accepting into the smj society . I don’t have any connection to the smj . I’m just very interested . I started on the railway at Bletchley and I’m currently employed as a driver for virgin trains at euston now coming up to 41 years on the footplate . 

At 15:09 on November 1, 2017, Chris Hillyard RVM said…
Peter. FYI I am a committee member of Roade Local History Society and next year over the weekend of 8/9 September we are holding an exhibition to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Roade Cutting. Planning is at an early stage but an awful amount of research has been done. Highlights of the exhibition will be a model made by students from Elizabeth Woodville schools at Roade & Deanshanger, more importantly the awarding of a Red Wheel from the Transport Trust if our application is successful. More details will be available in the new year. Society Members will be more than welcome.
At 13:57 on November 1, 2017, Chris Hillyard RVM said…
Hi Peter

Royal Victorian Medal. Awarded by the Royal Victorian Order on behalf of the monarch. For personal services to the Royal Household. In a previous life I worked on and eventually managed the Royal Train based at Wolverton.)

Kind regards

At 21:21 on October 16, 2017, Derek George Lawman said…

Thank you for accepting my application to join this interesting site. I have always been interested in the SMJ and GC London Extension.

I enjoyed a career on British Railways/Rail spanning some thirty four years, commencing in the footplate line of promotion in 63, eventually being passed for driving in 71. From 85 to 89 I undertook various Supervisory roles including Footplate Inspector. From 90 to 97 I occupied various Management positions, my last being Area Train Crew Manager at Cambridge, Cambridge, Kings Lynn, Bishop's Stortford and Chingford depots to look after along with associated carriage servicing. I also successfully consulted in D.O.O. on the Northern City Line into Moorgate operated by Kings Cross and Hitchin depots. By doing so. WAGN as it had become by then, became the first completely D.O.O. operated railway within NetworkSoutheast.

At 16:57 on October 8, 2017, Peter George said…

Peter I live adjacent to the SM&J in Kineton.

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.

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