‘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"
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
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.
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.
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.
Hi Peter, I believe my grandfather (TF Brown) worked on the SmJ. He is on the WW1 poster now displayed on Stratford station. I was wondering if there any staff records available. I also live near Edge Hill and am interested in the branch line that took iron ore down the Hill to the Burton Dasset junction in the 1920s.
Peter, my interest started with the Newport Pagnell Branch line and extended to the Varsity Line, but of late I find it fascinating there was a Railway cutting across the local landscape which was blessed with a Station at Salcey Forest. So my interest really is local Railways but I find this one particularly interesting. I will be adding pics in due course!!
Yes my name is appropriate. I worked for the railways for 32 years. I used to say I was the only Porter to actually do some work!!
Yes there is a connection, one of my Great Great Uncles, William White, was a "Labourer Railway" on the 1871 census, and was, along with 4 others doing the same job, lodgers with a family in Wappenham and were presumably building the line, which I believe, at the time, was called the Northampton and Banbury Junction Railway. I attach the census record that shows him and Samuel Cox, William Cox and George Reeves.
I have recently purchased a couple of books on the line, but I'd be interested to know who they may have been working for and how long these jobs would have lasted.
Hi Peter, the site is accessible for you to visit whenever you choose at the moment - please feel welcome to visit and take photographs. If you would like to be met at the site by a member of our team to talk through our plans and timescales, we'd be more than happy to arrange this. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to accept this invitation. Thanks. Kirsty
Hi Peter, I'm very well thanks although still not managed to make contact with any Binton railway workers - still trying! Hope you're well too. If you can let me know the purpose of your visit and when you'd like to go, I can contact our site team and ask the question. The original station house is being retained. Kind regards, Kirsty
Hello Peter, thank you for adding me to this site. Yes, that's correct - I work for Duchy Homes and we have an upcoming development at the old Binton railway station. We're hoping to find anyone who used to work there, or their relatives, to involve them in the redevelopment process and share their story with us. Fingers crossed someone here can help! Thanks. Kirsty
Hi peter no i dont have any history with the railway but i moved to towcester a year or so ago and knew there use to be a old railway line so was just researching its history. Today i walked along where the old track would have been at belle baulk and its amazing to think that years ago this was once a thriving railway line
There aren't any TGV lines near us,its much more like Stratford Old Town station with goods sheds disused but still intact, railways unfenced, there is a large railway yard at Buisson du Cadouin which is also intact, interesting google earth view! France didnt suffer a Beeching although there have been purges. Belves is our nearest station, again goods shed intact, couple of viaducts, it sadly lost the manned ticket counter last July
I remember my Grandfather mentioning your surname,he was the village wheelwright then carpenter/builder, he lived at The lindens until 1985 when he passed away, would have played football in the 20s/30s and was in the village cricket team, for which I still have his cap.
Also I recall watching the 1972 Leeds v Arsenal FA cup match in the front room at Clifford with my Grandfather.
My late father was the choir master and organist at St Helen's in the village until 1986 following on from his aunt who passed away in 1963/4.
Unfortunately I only have a picture of Goldicote cutting road bridge taken in 1975 from the trackbed, after the road had been repositioned, so not very interesting I am afraid.
My Father could recall seeing a 9f crossing Walton Bridge on his way to work from Pillerton Priors to Wellesbourne in 1965 and hearing locos working at night.
Thank you for acceptance into the SMJ Society. I have a great interest in the line as I was born on the 21 July 1964 at the Lindens Clifford Chambers, within ear shot of the railway, then moved to Pillerton Priors in 1965, attending school at Ettington and later KES at Stratford. The line trackbed featured very heavily in my early years for walks and exploration, especially Goldicote Cutting. In 1993 I became aquainted with the weighbridge and goods shed at the very intact Ettington Station whilst working a season for the present owner, Hutsby's. I now live in the South of France but still retain a strong connection with the Startford area. I am an avid o gauge model loco builder, so Fowler locos are of particular interest.
Hello peter thanks for accepting into the smj society . I don’t have any connection to the smj . I’m just very interested . I started on the railway at Bletchley and I’m currently employed as a driver for virgin trains at euston now coming up to 41 years on the footplate .
Peter. FYI I am a committee member of Roade Local History Society and next year over the weekend of 8/9 September we are holding an exhibition to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Roade Cutting. Planning is at an early stage but an awful amount of research has been done. Highlights of the exhibition will be a model made by students from Elizabeth Woodville schools at Roade & Deanshanger, more importantly the awarding of a Red Wheel from the Transport Trust if our application is successful. More details will be available in the new year. Society Members will be more than welcome.
Royal Victorian Medal. Awarded by the Royal Victorian Order on behalf of the monarch. For personal services to the Royal Household. In a previous life I worked on and eventually managed the Royal Train based at Wolverton.)