‘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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"I hope the exhibition is on for a while as I will be "working" Abingdon airshow that…"

Gary replied Feb 18, 2016 to Your museum needs you!

6 May 25, 2016
Reply by Dick Bodily

"There was a hut for a similar trolley at the Woodford Junction too. It is visible in…"

Gary replied Jan 21, 2016 to Motor Trolley Workings

5 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by Nick Meredith

"The station is Byfield isn't it?Great bit of history. "

Gary replied Jan 16, 2016 to Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

5 Jan 16, 2016
Reply by Robin Cullup

"Which road was it?Your description leads me to suspect it maybe one of the Great Cen…"

Gary replied Jan 16, 2016 to Bridge near weedon lois

5 Jan 19, 2016
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Sorry I can't help you Steven but sounds an interesting DVD Jim... If possible any c…"

Gary replied Jun 18, 2014 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

6 Jan 22
Reply by Simon Stevens

"That is a great bit of work there."

Gary replied Jan 26, 2014 to Train Simulator SMJ

7 Aug 8, 2017
Reply by Bob hawes

"Cheers Simon. I can see a goodly few hours spent looking on there... My copy of the…"

Gary replied Dec 22, 2013 to Towcester's first layout. - Any ideas?

8 Dec 22, 2013
Reply by Gary

"Much obliged Barry. Ordered! ATVB G"

Gary replied Dec 13, 2013 to Towcester's first layout. - Any ideas?

8 Dec 22, 2013
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"I can live in hope... May have to see if the library have a copy in the meantime. Ch…"

Gary replied Dec 6, 2013 to Towcester's first layout. - Any ideas?

8 Dec 22, 2013
Reply by Gary

"Brilliant Barry, Much obliged. I will go have a hunt for it. No joy yet... ATVB G"

Gary replied Dec 5, 2013 to Towcester's first layout. - Any ideas?

8 Dec 22, 2013
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