‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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Salford Priors station building under threat
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Not quite on the SMJR but sad news that there's a planning application to demolish Salford Priors station building.Local campaign here, apologies for Facebook link:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Stevens Jan 14.

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 Oct 4, 2021.

 

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Salford Priors station building under threat

Not quite on the SMJR but sad news that there's a planning application to demolish Salford Priors station building.Local campaign here, apologies for Facebook link:https://m.facebook.com/groups/326315774522472/permalink/1685795225241180/The planning application, where you can add your objections, is here:…See More
Nov 25, 2023
Simon Stevens replied to Martin Bromage's discussion 'Binton station plans'
"You could ask the Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society. They're building a model of Kineton: https://www.lwmrs.co.uk/kineton"
May 7, 2022
Simon Stevens commented on Dick Bodily's page Locomotive types seen on SMJR rails
"DMU pedantry follows! The railtour DMU (3 car set with Derby style ends, destination blinds in the cab roof and low density layout) can only be a Derby class 108 or Gloucester class 119. I think it's a Gloucester unit. The main clue is the way…"
Mar 6, 2022
Simon Stevens replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Broom Junction station site for sale'
"The site is now up for auction on 26 October 2021, guide price £375,000 including planning permission for a grand station style house on the platform and a signalbox where the sidings…"
Oct 4, 2021
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, 2021
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Bridge over River Arrow at Broom, courtesy of Peter Chadwick via Facebook
Feb 9, 2021
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, 2021
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 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

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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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