‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 18 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Nov 7.

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 19.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Need Site Help?

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.

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