‘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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Binton Station

As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue

Started by Paul Stratford Apr 23.

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 18.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 18.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.

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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 any other sections where it is acceptable to walk without risk of being confronted by an angry farmer?

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There is about a mile of the track bed that is a community park North of Tiffield. Going North from Tiffield there is a left turn over the railway bridge.  Just over the bridge is a staircase leading down to the track way.

Hello Michael,

Our 1/2 mile stretch of the SMJ trackbed is now a nature reserve, supported by the Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire volunteers. They, and my husband`s hard toil has transformed it from a dark tunnel of mainly Hawthorn on the embankments with nothing growing under them to a wonderful wildlife haven.

Even Grass Snakes on the embankments now spotted for 1st time in our 52 years here. 

Should anyone want to walk it, yes it is private for now with a public footpath over, but just give us a ring

on 01789 773653  We would be delighted to see you.   Jean. 

Hi Jean, many thanks for the info and invitation - the photos look great - will definitely visit when we have an opportunity, Regards Mike

Jean Cholerton said:

Hello Michael,

Our 1/2 mile stretch of the SMJ trackbed is now a nature reserve, supported by the Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire volunteers. They, and my husband`s hard toil has transformed it from a dark tunnel of mainly Hawthorn on the embankments with nothing growing under them to a wonderful wildlife haven.

Even Grass Snakes on the embankments now spotted for 1st time in our 52 years here. 

Should anyone want to walk it, yes it is private for now with a public footpath over, but just give us a ring

on 01789 773653  We would be delighted to see you.   Jean. 

Good question!

Broom Junction station site is easily accessible for the moment; from there you can walk north to Alcester or south to Salford Priors along the remains of the Gloucester Loop Line. The southern curve of the Broom junction triangle is not a right-of-way but can be walked.

The line from the Arrow river bridge at Broom up to Bidford Road bridge is a nature reserve with a path.

In Stratford, you can walk the old line from near the racecourse entrance to the Greenway roundabout and Seven Meadows Road is built on the trackbed.

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