‘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' 

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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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LAST RITES - book from John Evans
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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.LAST…Continue

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At 10:38 on January 28, 2016, Stephen said…

Can I ask what Ironstone quarries were you interested in ?

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At 21:00 on January 26, 2016, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Tony,

Apologies that you received what seems to be a spam request from this new member. The answers to the questions seemed a reasonable assurance that the membership request was OK. In the event, I have deleted ECA's account forthwith.

We'll see what happens next!!! Probably try to rejoin!! In which case, forewarned is forearmed!

Once again, sincere apologies.


At 19:43 on January 24, 2016, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Tony,


A warm welcome!




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