‘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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Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 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 Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Erick Goodman
"Hello Erick, A warm welcome to the SMJ site.. Enjoy!! Peter"
Jun 5
Peter S Lewis left a comment for DAVID GUEST
"Hello David, A warm welcome to the SMJ site!! What brings you here? Peter"
May 25
Peter S Lewis replied to Gary's discussion 'Line Speed'
"I think the line (actual !!) speed is reflected in the acronym "SMJ"!! "Slow, Moulding and Jolting" according to one person!! A lady whose father worked as an engine driver on the SMJ told me that the train was so slow in places…"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for David Campion
"Hello David, A warm welcome to the SMJ site. What brings you here? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Geoff Mawer
"Hello Geoff, Welcome to the SMJ site! What brings you here?? Kind regards, Peter"
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"Hello Mark, Thanks for joining the SMJ site!! Enjoy! Peter"
Dec 10, 2018
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jim Brown
"Hello Jim, Thanks for your kind reply.. Its always interesting to know of people's links with the line... I am sure you will find plenty here to search through, though not sure if you will find what you are looking for..but you may come across…"
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Jim Brown left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"Hi Peter, I believe my grandfather (TF Brown) worked on the SmJ. He is on the WW1 poster now displayed on Stratford station. I was wondering if there any staff records available. I also live near Edge Hill and am interested in the branch line that…"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jim Brown
"Welcome! And what is your interest /connection with the SMJ?? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for William Moreno
"Hello William.. Welcome to this dedicated SMJ only website. What connections do you have with the line? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Michael Roake
"Hello Michael, Thanks for joining us here on the SMJ site! Do you have a connection with the line..or an interest? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jon Bradshaw
"Jon, We shall look forward to your pictures!! Peter"
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Jon Bradshaw left a comment for Peter S Lewis
"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…"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Jon Bradshaw
"Hello Jon, Welcome to the SMJ site! What brings you here? Peter"
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Peter S Lewis left a comment for Guy Boyling
"Hello Guy, Welcome to the SMJ site! Do you have any SMJ connections? Peter"
Sep 3, 2018
Peter S Lewis left a comment for Louise Grady
"Hello Louise, Welcome to the site.. Do you have connections with the SMJ? Peter"
Aug 30, 2018

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At 23:37 on November 22, 2018, Jim Brown said…

Hi Peter, I believe my grandfather (TF Brown) worked on the SmJ. He is on the WW1 poster now displayed on Stratford station. I was wondering if there any staff records available. I also live near Edge Hill and am interested in the branch line that took iron ore down the Hill to the Burton Dasset junction in the 1920s.

regards

Jim Brown

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…
Peter,
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.
Cheers,
Julian
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.

Regards

Martin

 
 
 

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