‘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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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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"I think the line (actual !!) speed is reflected in the acronym "SMJ"!! "Slow, Mouldi…"

Peter S Lewis replied Feb 23, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
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"The synopsis of this book..a new one to me(!) on Abe Books website is rather telling…"

Peter S Lewis replied Jun 24, 2016 to Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias

3 Jun 24, 2016
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"I have in my possession, obtained for the princely sum of £6-00 in an Alcester chari…"

Peter S Lewis replied Jan 17, 2016 to SMJ Rulebook

6 Dec 26, 2016
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hello Phil, What memories! I lived in /near Wootton Wawen, so my memories of the SMJ…"

Peter S Lewis replied Jun 2, 2015 to Memories

5 Jan 23, 2016
Reply by John Jennings

"Andy, Since Stratford -upon Avon is part of the name (!!) and at the other end of th…"

Peter S Lewis replied Apr 2, 2015 to SMJ150. 150 years since the railway arrived at Towcester

12 Apr 6, 2015
Reply by Andy Thompson

"Hello Roger, This person has been deleted from membership.... Sorry for any inconven…"

Peter S Lewis replied Dec 1, 2014 to Phishing - apparently via SMJ membership list

1 Dec 1, 2014
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Sounds good!!!"

Peter S Lewis replied Oct 27, 2014 to Get Together

10 Nov 24, 2014
Reply by Richard Heacock

"Dave "running around the 'old system' in a Wickham railcar but that is another stor…"

Peter S Lewis replied Sep 15, 2014 to Have a look at my Blogpost re this Saturday

5 Sep 17, 2014
Reply by Richard Heacock

"Thanks for this update Simon."

Peter S Lewis replied Jun 28, 2014 to Planning Application for Binton Station Site

12 Apr 27, 2019
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Hello Richard, This sounds like an exciting project! We shall watch your progress w…"

Peter S Lewis replied Jan 19, 2014 to Train Simulator SMJ

7 Aug 8, 2017
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