‘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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SMJ Forum

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.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.

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"Jack Usually these so called books that Barry mentioned are simply copied entries f…"

Dick Bodily replied Jun 24, 2016 to Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias

3 Jun 24, 2016
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Thanks for info about publication, Robin."

Dick Bodily replied Jun 2, 2016 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Thanks Barry that's useful info, So the map must have been made much later than 1850…"

Dick Bodily replied Jun 1, 2016 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"What July 2016!"

Dick Bodily replied May 25, 2016 to Your museum needs you!

6 May 25, 2016
Reply by Dick Bodily

"There was definitely at least one totem at Towcester, photos exist."

Dick Bodily replied Apr 12, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

9 Nov 4, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"One thing I particularly remember at Blakesley station was an oil lantern attached t…"

Dick Bodily replied Apr 10, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

9 Nov 4, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Gary, By coincidence I was at Towcester Museum today and was shown two running in b…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 19, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

9 Nov 4, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Richard,  Between the closure and 8th November the track was being progressively lif…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 6, 2016 to 1964 train register book from Towcester.

4 Feb 6, 2016
Reply by Richard Pike

"Although official closure from Blisworth Ironstone to Woodford West was 3rd February…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 4, 2016 to 1964 train register book from Towcester.

4 Feb 6, 2016
Reply by Richard Pike

"During the war if not later there were still 'linesmen' daily walking sections. I re…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 21, 2016 to Motor Trolley Workings

5 Mar 7, 2016
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