‘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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"Hi Andy I hope you are well, as George has stated the layout will be removed in the…"

John Norton replied Jan 18, 2017 to SMJ Exhibition at Towcester Museum

4 Feb 17, 2017
Reply by NIGEL

"Confirmation that Towcester layout will be installed in Towcester Museum on Mondsy A…"

John Norton replied Jul 31, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by NIGEL

"Hi Paul, the museum has contacted me and stated that things had "slid". They are now…"

John Norton replied Jul 13, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by NIGEL

"They also wanted my exhibition layout of Towcester which I agreed to loan. I've hear…"

John Norton replied Jul 11, 2016 to Towcester Museum -n SMJR exhibition

12 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by NIGEL

"Thanks Gary, we have omitted several of the sidings in the station yard and "squeeze…"

John Norton replied Jul 28, 2013 to Lucas Bridge Towcester Model Layout

4 Aug 3, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"Thought I had posted picture of the bridge!!"

John Norton replied Jul 20, 2013 to Lucas Bridge Towcester Model Layout

4 Aug 3, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"If we are talking about he model that was in Birmingham, I have seen it and took pho…"

John Norton replied Jan 6, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

27 Jan 21, 2013
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Simon, thank you for your reply, I will contact Richard. Brian, I will call you…"

John Norton replied Jan 6, 2013 to Drawings of Towcester Station

7 Jan 30, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"Thanks Peter I will post some pictures on here soon. John"

John Norton replied Jan 5, 2013 to Drawings of Towcester Station

7 Jan 30, 2013
Reply by Brian Elphick

"Hi Andy Martin Johns is my next door neighbour ( literally ) so i will keep chaing h…"

John Norton replied Jan 5, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

27 Jan 21, 2013
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