‘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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smjr/ isle of wight central bridge notices

An Isle of Wight Central Railway bridge restriction notice sold recently at David Lay Auctions  in Cornwall. Identical, apart from company title, to the smjr ones.  Harry Wilmot was installed as Chairman of the I of W Central in 1911, having as…Continue

Started by ray w 6 hours ago.

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.

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Jean Cholerton replied to Michael Roake's discussion 'Walking the SMJ'
"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…"
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At 14:00 on January 6, 2015, Andy Thompson said…

I look forward to seeing the video Peter! I'm a bit worried about the Binton stations site - anyone got any money??  Andy

At 22:05 on January 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Jean,

Still, you have the vivid memories!

Peter

At 21:39 on January 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Jean,

Thank you for the invite....I'll look out for Little Haven now!!

Question...???? Any photos of that last train????

Kind regards,

Peter 

At 16:03 on January 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Jean,

It so happens that I live in Bidford...Jubilee Close!!!

You probably have a good few tales to tell re the SMJ.. I think the members would be most interested to see anything that can add to the overall history of the line as published here....!!

And the GWR link.... I'm positively drooling over the prospects of more history!!!

Kind regards,

Peter S Lewis

At 15:54 on January 4, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Jean,

A warm welcome to the SMJ site!

Peter

 
 
 

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