‘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

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

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

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

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Comment by Colin Franklin on June 9, 2010 at 17:27
Would it be a good idea to superimpose a photo of the old station over this picture to show people where it stood?
Comment by Barry Dunwoody on April 9, 2010 at 8:47

I think this view would have been painted from the station. The link to the GWR is on the right.
Comment by Barry Dunwoody on April 9, 2010 at 8:42
Yes I agree with Gary. Have a look at Google Maps - the station was between Alma Road and the road you see in this photo. Merton Street Railway Station has a marker on the map but it is too far to the south-east.
Comment by Peter Fleming on April 8, 2010 at 19:22
A good site to check out locations and pictures of old pictures is www.disused-stations.org.uk although the detail on Merton Street is not as good as usual.
Comment by Peter Fleming on April 8, 2010 at 17:06
I remember it well when it was still there for goods, cattle or suchlike. But I never bothered to visit it so can't comment on exactly where it was (I seem to recall a pub very near - the Elephant and Castle? - not that I went in that either). For the sake of the Bletchley service (too late for the SMJ) it's a pity that the LNWR couldn't have been brought into the rebuilt GWR station in some way (as at Oxford).

I did visit the yard in September 1963 when a special came in from Oxford then headed out to Bletchley. It didn't actually go into the station. I have a photo of 42105 waiting to leave but Merton Street station is in the far distance.

Incidentally I think that not only was Merton Street once in Northants, but so was Banbury General. They were both to the east of the Cherwell which was the boundary.
Comment by Andy Thompson on April 8, 2010 at 16:29

Comment by Andy Thompson on April 8, 2010 at 15:48
I did check from above and most definitely, the N&B station was where the post office building is now, further down. Left and right is Merton street. The main line is far right.

Comment by Dick Bodily on April 8, 2010 at 13:22

I am confused by this picture. Is the road swinging to the left of the picture the old main road through Grimsbury? If so the road in the middle of the picture must run roughly along the old trackbed. As I recall the Merton Street station stood about 50yards down a slope from the Grimsbury road, immediately before the GWR bridge. Incidentally years ago the Grimsbury district of Banbury was in Northamptonshire which was a stupid state of affairs, eventually the border was moved to include all of Banbury in Oxfordshire. I'm not sure which county Merton Street was in but it may well have been in Northants when built.

Comment by Gary on April 7, 2010 at 22:23
The station was on the left - where the buildings are going up

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