‘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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Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

I have added a video to the site's video page.https://youtu.be/DHCoijWc_t0Continue

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Started by Graham Ward Jul 28.

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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SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: …Continue

Started Sep 14, 2020

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17, 2018.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site
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I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27, 2019.

Film show in Warwick 4th May with some SMJ interest
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From the midweek Stratford Herald comes notice of a film show in Warwick on 4th May of local archive footage including 'a railway signalman from Kineton who stayed at his post even after the last…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Thompson May 9, 2014.

 

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Simon Stevens commented on Craig Donald's photo
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Walk along the old SMJ from Gayton to Blisworth.

"Great pictures, thanks for sharing. The Mk3 Transit means your walk was no earlier than 1986."
Apr 15
Simon Stevens posted photos
Mar 13
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Bridge over River Arrow at Broom, courtesy of Peter Chadwick via Facebook
Feb 9
Simon Stevens replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom'
"Thanks to Peter Chadwick on the Bidford Forum Facebook group, I finally have a picture of the River Arrow bridge at Broom"
Jan 22
Simon Stevens replied to Peter Vale-Humphreys's discussion 'Rights of way on old smj trackbeds'
"I'm aware of a few sections that are reasonably accessible on the Western section: Most of the Gloucester Loop Line between Alcester and Salford Priors from where the river bridge was at Broom to Bidford Road is a nature reserve near Cranhill…"
Dec 12, 2020
Simon Stevens replied to ray w's discussion '1959 rail tour'
"R.C.T.S. (London Branch) The Grafton Rail Tour"
Oct 1, 2020
Simon Stevens posted a discussion

SMJ rides again? Broom to Stratford Greenway Proposal

From Bidford on Avon Parish council comes news of the Avon and Arrow Greenway Project whose latest newsletter is here: August 2020 AAGP Newsletter"Initial investigation of land ownership and other enquiries have shown thatthere seems to be a reasonable prospect of a continuous route to Stratfordupon Avon being possible using elements of the old railway line. This couldlink up with…See More
Sep 14, 2020
Simon Stevens replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Aircraft crash'
"RAF Atherstone's runway did end adjacent to the SMJ line - modern OS map so there could be a grain of truth in the story"
Oct 7, 2019
Simon Stevens replied to Michael Roake's discussion 'Walking the SMJ'
"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…"
May 27, 2019
Rob Davidson replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"I went to Billesley Manor Hotel on Friday where the company are putting on a show until tomorrow evening with a view to buying the Station Building. As we are already home owners we are not allowed to buy it and that is why it is so cheap. \It is…"
Apr 27, 2019
Jim Goodman replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"It's on the market. I thought it might of cost a bit more that £185k. I've attached the details:- Binton Station Jim."
Apr 27, 2019
Rob Davidson replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"The station building has been renovated and rebuilt as a 2 bedroomed house, although the second bedroom is only 7'6" by 7' so really a boxroom, but it is not been priced up yet"
Apr 10, 2019
Martyn Cooper replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"Visited the site last week, and building is well under way.  The station building remains intact."
Apr 10, 2019

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At 18:50 on November 30, 2014, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Simon,

Thanks for the info re the phisher...

Action has been taken.

Sorry if it caused inconvenience.. you have confirmed our suspicions.

Thanks again..

Peter

At 13:10 on April 20, 2014, Peter S Lewis said…

Simon,

Maybe some photos will turn up!!

Peter

At 8:38 on April 20, 2014, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Simon,

Welcome to the SMJ site..

We shall look forward to your contributions to the site.. and seeing members of Broom Historical Society joining.. with their wealth of photos(???)

Peter (Bidford-on-Avon)

 
 
 

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