‘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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   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

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The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

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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:

Binton Station Planning Application May 2014

"Outline application for the development of up to 24 dwellings and change of use of existing Station House (Office) to residential"

Hopefully the railway buildings will be sympathetically treated.

Cheers,

Simon

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Thanks for this update Simon.

I took a walk to Binton today and was reminded to check up on the status of this application - outline permission was granted on 11th March 2016.  There is, however, no sign of any activity at the site.  I've posted some photos from today.

Cheers,

Simon

The Binton station site is now for sale through Peter Clarke estate agents in Stratford, no details on their website yet though.

Great opportunity for a deep pocketed SMJ enthusiast!

Details now available here:

Binton station site advert

POA unfortunately. Anybody interested?!

Ref Binton Station. Here are two photos ref the sale for housing development. John Douglas

Further to my mail, here is an extract from sales info.

'The site benefits from an outline planning permission for the erection of up to 24 dwellings, including retention of the existing Station House. Application Ref: 14/01391/OUT (with effect from the 11th March 2016) Stratford on Avon District Council.' 

A belated update: Binton goods shed was demolished some time in July or August and the rest of the site cleared of the remnants of the gas storage business, the station building remains.

Visited the site last week, and building is well under way.  The station building remains intact.

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

It's on the market. For local buyers only who meet the local connection criteria. The stationmaster would have been okay.

I've attached the details:-

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71303533.html

Jim.

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 priced at £250,000 so will be sold at £185,000 to local people who are first time buyers

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