‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

Started by Richard Maund. Last reply by Richard Maund Feb 11.

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"If you are interested in all railway matters, the Stratford Railway Group meets at Shottery every month Sept.to April. The next meeting is tonight (22 Jan.) and I will be giving the talk on 26 Feb. Full details…"
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"Yes I did, as you would know, a long time ago. looks like the local trip."
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"Sounds like you knew the goods yard when it looked like this."
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"I know this scene very well, I new the owner quite well of Bomford and Carr. My father and myself used to vist the goods yard @ Binton now and again to pick up farm fertiliser for Boddington Farm @ Luddington, I still live at Luddington, and can…"
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At 13:22 on August 22, 2017, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello John,

Trawling through Search "Binton" I cam across this reference..

DVD "The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ" issued by Hillside Publishing in 2006?There's 60 minutes of SMJ footage over the years "with over 20 different classes of engine in action".

..and there are a couple of shots of the traction engines at the Binton site..

Apart from that , nothing else located ..yet..Still searching!!

At 21:25 on August 14, 2017, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello John,

Thanks for rejoining!!

You may notice that the former SMJ site at Binton is on the market with outline planning permission for a number of houses..don't know what the former station building's future is though..

Peter

 
 
 

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