‘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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Lives in Brackley, Northants and is a volunteer signalman on the Severn Valley Railway. Enjoys all aspects of local railway history. 

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At 17:13 on April 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…
At 17:10 on April 5, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Paul,

Good point!

Though we're not just in cyber space!

We had a get together in Stratford last year...and something is being planned for 2016...in anticipation of 150 years since the line began..

SMJ150...!! There is a thread in the forum on the subject, I think!

Kind regards,

Peter

At 22:28 on March 31, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Paul,

I think most of us fall into the same category...either being aware of the railway in our childhood, then coming across it, so to speak , in another age and time....

It is fascinating to hear/read about the line in its heyday..although, I think, it never really had one.....Still, it was, and is, part of the landscape of the area....you can still see the remains..!

Kind regards,

Peter

At 21:01 on March 31, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

hello Paul,

A warm welcome to the SMJ site!

Do you have any connections with the line?

Peter

 
 
 

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