‘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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"Cheers Barry, I'm sure a lot of SMJR Society members will be interested"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 4, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
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"How many volumes are planned, Barry? And will it cover LMS and BR days eventually?"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 3, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

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"I seem to remember that in BR days these signs showed vestiges of white background b…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 27, 2017 to Trespasser sign

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"Alwyn Couldn't get link to work, webpage expired message. Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 7, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

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"Barry Have added this to the SMJ Books and Magazine Articles page. Very sorry to hea…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 6, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

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"Simon, Barry. There were several Dunkley families in Towcester in the '60s, there pr…"

Dick Bodily replied Mar 7, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

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"During the construction of the Great Central a very steeply graded temporary link wa…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 23, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

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Reply by Andrew Emmerson

"Gary, I was looking at some photos of Blakesley in one of the late Doug Blake's loc…"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 17, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

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Reply by Rob Davidson

"Yes you are right Paul, my mistake"

Dick Bodily replied Aug 3, 2016 to SMJ Staff

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"Lee and Nigel, I think there is a distinction between linesman and platelayer. I bel…"

Dick Bodily replied Jul 19, 2016 to SMJ Staff

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