‘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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Footage of the SMJR

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

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Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

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Station Masters

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SMJ photos

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A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeI

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Doesn’t look like the WCML so  reckon it must be the SMJ. Feel I ought to know where Roade used to play cricket, but memory is too hazy to recall right now. Anyway that delivery from left of shot was definitely a ‘no ball’ by either the front or rear foot rule - delivery didn’t really start until half-way down the wicket ! I must have watched far too many village games in those days ...

Definitely not the WCML!! 

Looks like the 'bridge' under the line is where brook and footpath cross the line, between the two road overbridges in the top left hand corner of the OS plan at  https://maps.nls.uk/view/114480620

I wonder if Pianoforte Supplies had a cricket pitch near their works and if that was so was that the location of the match. If so it could have been either line as the LNWR main line would not have been in the deep cutting that far south. The factory was just east of the main line south of the bridge carrying the main road through the village.

Clip of line between bridge 165 & 164 westbound

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