‘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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Concrete sleepers 2 Replies

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Clive on Saturday.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 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 Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

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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.

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom
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Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Jun 18, 2014.


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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..


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


Maybe some photos will turn up!!


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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