‘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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"I wrote an article on Ravenstone Wood Jcn that appeared in the Midland Railway Socie…"

Robin Cullup replied Apr 15, 2018 to Ravenstone Wood as three way junction?

1 Apr 15, 2018
Reply by Robin Cullup

"This train with reporting number W710 was a special run by the Birmingham Locomotive…"

Robin Cullup replied Dec 5, 2016 to SMJ photo on ebay - possibly!

6 Dec 5, 2016
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Robin Cullup replied Dec 5, 2016 to SMJ photo on ebay - possibly!

6 Dec 5, 2016
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"A publication that lists all the proposed railways promoted by the East & West,…"

Robin Cullup 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

"The station is indeed Byfield. There must have been many hundreds of photos taken of…"

Robin Cullup replied Jan 16, 2016 to Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

5 Jan 16, 2016
Reply by Robin Cullup

"The Riley/Simpson book "A History of the SMJ etc" gives a date of 31st May 1948 - i.…"

Robin Cullup replied Dec 22, 2015 to Woodford - Byfield passenger closure date

3 Dec 22, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Herewith a view of the Lucas bridge at Towcester - probably taken on the same occasi…"

Robin Cullup replied May 4, 2015 to Bridge 12

11 May 4, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"Thanks, Jim. This all sounds familiar and I think that the early material (1928) was…"

Robin Cullup replied Apr 4, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Isn't this on the DVD "The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ" issued by Hillside Publishin…"

Robin Cullup replied Mar 27, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Thanks for this, Dick. The article is in the August 1956 edition of Meccano Magazine…"

Robin Cullup replied Nov 11, 2014 to Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

5 Jan 16, 2016
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