‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol 3 Replies

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop. Last reply by Bob Bishop on Wednesday.

DVD on the SMJ 2 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by David Mead Nov 24.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

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Hi, I am new to the society, born in Northend and grew up there.

I used to play on the line, one of the chaps I went to school with still drives the MOD munition trains on the bit of line to Fenny Compton.

Anyway when I was about 8 or 9 ( a long time ago) I dug up in the hedge on what is now Burton Dasset hills (was private land then)  2 cast iron wheels from the over-head bucket rope way that used to take iron ore from the quarry on top of the hills to the SMJ siding.

My father (unfortunately long dead) showed me where the steam engine used to sit that powered the rope way, the wheels although a long way down the hill were below where the engine sat buried in the middle of the  hedge.

I was looking for a secret tunnel to the manor house, as you do when you are 8 or 9 and at first was convinced I had found one. However it turned out to be these 2 wheels approximately 2ft6" in diameter, one has deep grooves where the steel cable has worn into it.

Would anybody be interested in seeing one if I can make it on the 12th June?

Unfortunately I am at the TT until late early Saturday morning so cannot promise to make it, but there may be other occassions, anyway.

 

I will attach some pictures sometine shortly

 

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Richard
I'd be very interested as well as hearing all (and I mean all)that you can remember about the site. I did hear a story of one man who got stuck in a bucket whilst (illegally ) riding up from the railway when the lunch time hooter went off and the pulley system was halted!!

Andy
Hi Andy my dad told me that he and his brother had ridden in the buckets as well. they were cut loose as youngsters and left to their own devices after their mother died (my gradmother) I can show you some of the features still on Burton Dasset.
Drayton manor, springs to mind.
regards Richard

Andy Thompson said:
Richard
I'd be very interested as well as hearing all (and I mean all)that you can remember about the site. I did hear a story of one man who got stuck in a bucket whilst (illegally ) riding up from the railway when the lunch time hooter went off and the pulley system was halted!!

Andy
This is exactly the kind of fragile snippet of history that one hopes would resurface in a forum like this. It is an integral part of the bigger picture but a part that is unlikely to have ever found its way into any archive or official history.
Terrific!

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