‘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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"Agreed - these blue & white enamelled(?) signs seem to have been in place post 1…"

Barry Taylor replied Feb 20, 2016 to Station Totems / running in boards

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"This photograph of a motorised trolley being man-handled to / from its home in the h…"

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"I have a couple of photos of a 3F 0-6-0 and train at Woodford from the Stephenson Lo…"

Barry Taylor replied Dec 22, 2015 to Woodford - Byfield passenger closure date

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"Thanks Mark-that's one sold! Still a way off yet, but it won't be by subscription. H…"

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"This looks like a "stock" Brighton poster that has been overprinted with the Shakesp…"

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"Thanks Nigel - these photos pretty much put the question to bed. Does anyone out the…"

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"Delving through my bits and pieces has turned up a few other references. The EWJR an…"

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"I think that you are correct - this would be about the right place. Thanks to all fo…"

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"Makes sense - does anyone have precise dates? Presumably somewhere in / shortly afte…"

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"That's intriguing Nick - I've never thought much about this before, but I have a dis…"

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