‘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

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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

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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

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Station Masters

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Gentlemen! Another request, we have missed out Aston Le Walls as a station on the former E&W section of the of SMJ as was.
I know it was a late addition to the string of stations and it wasn't much. I understand it was put in for local farmers and landowners to ship produce to the outside world.

Does anyone have any images, information etc so as we can put together a page to help complete the set. (If anyone has anything on the Northend Platform too that would be nice)

Andy

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Some information about Aston-le-Walls siding with many thanks to Rex Partridge.

'During the construction of RAF Chipping Warden airbase building materials were unloaded at the the little ramp like platform that was immediately to the Byfield side of the bridge and south of the line. These materials were then taken in RAF lorries to the base. A man named Fred Horton who is believed to have originated from The Black Country was employed as a shunter there during the war and possibly for a while afterwards. He became bored with the job as he had so little to do and sucessfully applied for a shunter's job at Woodford.'

There has been a delay in the printing of Rex's article about the SMJ. He doesn't know exactly when it will appear now.

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