‘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

Started by G Essex Random Railways on Monday.

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

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

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

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

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Comment by John Evans on October 12, 2010 at 17:59
When I need a detective, I'll hire you guys!
Comment by Dick Bodily on October 12, 2010 at 10:16
Had a look at Google and agree you are absolutely right. The 'airfield' is a very young plantation and running diagonally at about 20 degrees from horizontal upwards to the right from the wooded River Tove's course at the far side of this feature is the trackbed of the old East & West main line. It looks like a shadow almost and gradually loses strength towards the edge of the picture. The actual junction in near the little pond in the bottom left but virtually no trace of the formation can be seen in the field adjoining just a short indication to the right of the obvious lone tree and it front of a fainter looking tree.
Comment by Jim Goodman on October 11, 2010 at 17:30
I've just had a look at this on google earth and it looks like some sort of forestry plantation to me. By the way, the location is Greens Norton Junction and the line going off in the distance is the N&BJ line to Cockley Brake. The line to Stratford goes off to the right hand side of the picture about a third of the way up from the bottom.
Great pictures. Jim.
Comment by Andy Thompson on October 9, 2010 at 16:41
Looks too small to me! Andy
Comment by Gary on October 9, 2010 at 4:12
There are no old airfields in the area - nearly all the WWII ones were permament types with hard surfaces. This looks like a well set out and organised Farm Strip and is unlikely to be on any maps. (Althought may be on Aeronautical ones)
Comment by Dick Bodily on October 8, 2010 at 12:21
The only wartime aerodrome near to this section of the SMJ that I know of are Chipping Warden, near Aston le Walls and 'Silson' itself ( which you had to avoid beacuse of the race) I don't think it is either. Could it be a modern private airstrip?
Comment by John Evans on October 8, 2010 at 1:11
Hi Dick

Definitely an airfield, I would say. I will ask one of my flying friends to look it up. Old airfields are usually marked on aviation charts. It might also be in a book I have about old airfields in Northamptonshire. Unfortunately that is in the UK!
Comment by Dick Bodily on October 6, 2010 at 18:26
This is a close up of part of picture 8 and you can make out the Black Ouse brook crossing the railway's route. I'm intrigued by the feature in the bottom right hand corner. It looks a bit like an airfield with a grass runway but I don't think there is or was one anywhere in the area. Strange!

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