‘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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Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

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Started by Graham Ward Jul 28.

Binton Station

As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue

Started by Paul Stratford Apr 23.

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 18.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 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 Jim Goodman Apr 18.

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At 11:36 on December 6, 2010, Andy Thompson said…

Sorry I could talk much last night - man flu! You got in OK then! Andy
At 9:39 on February 3, 2010, Dick Bodily said…
I don't think they are closely related but I will ask Bob when I next see him. Its quite a common name in South Northants, I know or knew of quite a few different families with the name.
At 21:01 on January 21, 2010, Dick Bodily said…
I was talking to another ex SMJ signalman today, I'm preparing a feature for the website on his memories, and he mentioned an ex-driver called Sid Whitmore who he he reckons lives at Blisworth. I wondered if you know him and if so do you think he might be interested in passing on some of his memories.
At 22:29 on November 16, 2009, Peter S Lewis said…

Welcome to the site....we shall look forward to your contributions!!

At 11:29 on November 16, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Welcome aboard Dave - so nice to have your knowledge and image library! I hope you are well


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