‘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"
Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society Go take a look…Continue
Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming. Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue
The reason for signing up is that I have been asked to produce an oil painting of a Bayer -Peacock 2-4-0T with coaches going through Morton Pinkney. I could do with some good photos and drawings to get the fine details I need.
Though i moved away from Northampton in 1966. i have always had an interest in the SMJ - wondered about all the little railway lines and the mysterious wagon stores when being driven around the county by my father. In around 1965 two friends and I decided to try and 'cycle along the trackbed - started from Blisworth and got as far as Wappenham (As far as i can recall). I am afraid I will not be able to add anything to the knowledge of the line - not even any photos from that day. Alan
You would be most welcome any time at Little Haven.
If you would like our phone number please ask.
With regard to the SMJ we both remember watching the last train to pass through in 1965 as my mother-in-law to be had a property only 1/2 mile away. We had a good view from the top window, the train all lit up on the last journey west towards Bidford.
Thought you may be interested to know my husband Dave and I own 1/2 mile of the old SMJ line off the B439 between Cranhill Corner and Bidford which we have owned for 20 years.
This is our special world of wild flowers, trees, and wildlife. We have lived here for 47 years and you featured part of our wild flower area through Simon`s photos June 2014. There is a right of way over it and he rightly commented on the fact the walkway was in good condition. Glad he appreciated it. I will be giving a talk to the Temple Grafton W.I soon on the railway history and our contribution to it.
My husband is a G.W.R train spotter of 1950`s era and loves books, film etc., and occasionally collects a model steam engine -to look at only of course! His father was a Goods Guard on the G.W.R. based in Stratford-upon-Avon and travelled extensively. (Later years on a passenger trains locally to Birmingham.)
P.S. With regard to Teresa Gates letter below, the old Binton Station site is now the subject of a planning application for 24 houses!! The original Station building and engine shed are still intact, but the whole site is now under threat.
My Great grandfather's name was Joseph Hirons. In the 1881 census at the age of 21yrs, while living in Fenny Compton, he is recorded as a railway station master. 1901 census he is again a railway stationmaster, however the actual station isn't mentioned. The first mention of a station is In Kelly's Directory of 1912 he is listed as railway station master at Binton. Please could you give me the O/S co ordinates of the station as we were unable to locate it on our recent visit? Has it now completely disappeared? Around the end of the First World War he left the railway to become the landlord of The Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford on Avon.
Peter, thank you for your welcome. My grandfather is the driver in the Photo on page 20 of Arthur Jordan's book. I have seen other photos of him around the Stratford Sheds and will try to locate them. Sadly I was too young to remember him. Any information about his connection to the line would be welcome. As a boy I used to play in the deserted station back in the early 1970s.
Hi Peter, im actually on here looking for some information regarding the landowner on the lake (Russia pit I believe) along side the A43 just north of towcester. Im doing some research into a motorcycle program from the 80's called kickstart which was filmed at this location, Ive been once before but got chased away but the owner of the land so this time I wanted to do it properly as I want to take some pictures etc. There appear to be some pictures on here from the site so I just wondered how I would go about getting access to the site. It was filmed on the north bank of the lake and the land just above it. Any help anyone could give would be fantastic.
Hi Peter. Thanks. Unfortunately my only link with the line was that I cam across the track bed not far from Fenny Crompton when I was on an outward bound cpout5rse back in the early 80's and got interested in finding out a bit about the line then. Then I happened to meet with Arthur Jordon in 86 when he visited my works and we chatted a bit about the line then. Rather sadly I can't find the photos I took of the site at Byfield station at the time but as I recall they weren't very informative anyway. Have always planned to build a model of Byfield but never got around to it so far. Maybe this will be the spur to action I need. Bill
Thanks for the welcome Peter, the Broom history group have a large collection of photos related to the village and are in the process of cataloguing them but hadn't found many railway ones when they held their most recent display. I did say that there would be lots of interest in them!
I have an interest in joint lines that link one railway system with another, such as between Halesowen and Longbridge. I am a member of the Stephenson Locomotive Society and have developed an archive of SLS Special Trains for the Society. I am therefore interested in the various tours that have passed over SMJ metals and nearby such as at Woodford Halse.