‘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

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Station Masters

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Just searched the forum for any mention of this new book but can't find anything, so: 

Received today, a delightful book describing the author's exploits at the very end of the steam era.


Of particular note are the descriptions of walks along the closed route of the SMJ - for anyone who could not do it themselves this must be the next best experience!

As I also have a particular interest in the activities at Cransley Scrapyard and the ironstone quarries of Blisworth and Byfield, I am finding the content of this well-illustrated and well-written book most informative.

As always, and having long admired John's images on photographic hosting sites, it would have been great to see this work published in large colour format, but this would no doubt make it prohibitively expensive.

Congratulations on an excellent book!


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Just read the explanation in the book about cost of colour film and developing compared with pocket money income, hence b/w images prior to 1965 - point taken!!

Hi Tony

Thanks you very much for the review. It is much appreciated.

Best wishes


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