‘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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Here's that train again, last seen at Towcester in Coronation Year.

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 17, 2009 at 17:22
Dick - you are 24 carat gold. Thank you very much for the info.

Adrian.
Comment by Dick Bodily on September 17, 2009 at 14:32
Comment by Dick just now CORRECTING PREVIOUS COMMENT

Adrian

I was completely wrong about it being Coronation Day. This and the Towcester picture were in fact of the last N&BJR train on Saturday 30th June 1951. It was much photographed with a Union Jack on the 4Fs tender (No 44204) but Jenkin's book states that the single carriage (M20264) carried a Royal Standard. Many apologies for leading everyone up the garden path with this by not carefully checking my sources. These are the only pictures I have seen of the carriage with the Royal Standard. Incidentally this is the other end of the coach from the Towcester picture so either there were two flags or more likely it was moved to the other end of the coach.

Dick

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