‘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"
Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue
Started by Gary. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Feb 23.
"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…"
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…"
"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…"
"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…"
Well, that's a link and a half!!
It'll be interesting to see if other SMJ members can shed any light on this..but there is a very full resource here (the site!!) for you to trawl through!!
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.
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!!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to accept this invitation. Thanks. Kirsty
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
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