‘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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"Thanks Jim - pleased that you like the book. Vol1 was somewhat difficult to illustra…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 4, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Encouraging to see someone already looking for Vol 2 with Vol 1 still hot off the pr…"

Barry Taylor replied Aug 24, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Arrived in the warehouse at Lydney late on Thursday 17th apparently - so first shipm…"

Barry Taylor replied Aug 21, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"There will be two volumes - Vol 1 covers the early days - NBJR EWJR ST&MJR and E…"

Barry Taylor replied Aug 4, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Hi Dick Thanks for the mention - I know that there are one or two adverts out there…"

Barry Taylor replied Jul 31, 2017 to Barry's SMJ book

4 Aug 4, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Hi Simon Difficult one. Blisworths second station was built in this position at some…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 2, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Good question! The "proposed" reservoir was never proceeded with but the road did ge…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 30, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Actually the site of the SMJ cottages is well off the plan to the top right. It's a…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 22, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hi Jack I think that this is just an internet produced re-hash of previously publish…"

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

3 Jun 24, 2016
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Hi Dick This would be the proposed EWJR Hitchin extension for which plans were depos…"

Barry Taylor replied May 31, 2016 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

6 Jan 14, 2017
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