‘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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"Dick here is a link if you would like more information on John Jennings, http://www.…"

alwyn sparrow replied Apr 7, 2017 to New book with SMJ interest

3 Apr 7, 2017
Reply by Dick Bodily

"I'm sorry Richard but the documents ( 2 of 6 )  are undated but i would guess early…"

alwyn sparrow replied May 26, 2016 to MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton

6 May 26, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"This may help"

alwyn sparrow replied May 4, 2016 to MOD Trains from Long Marston to Kineton

6 May 26, 2016
Reply by Rob Davidson

"I have S&T Documents dated 24/2/42 relating to Proposed widening Stratford-on-Av…"

alwyn sparrow replied Jan 21, 2016 to Motor Trolley Workings

5 Mar 7, 2016
Reply by Nick Meredith

"Souvenir of that trip."

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

5 Jan 16, 2016
Reply by Robin Cullup

"Just to add a possible last use for passengers I have extracted this information fro…"

alwyn sparrow replied Nov 6, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

53 Feb 2, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"The sidings were still active with goods in latter days as these wagon labels show."

alwyn sparrow replied Nov 4, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

53 Feb 2, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"More interesting facts here. http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/burtondassett.h…"

alwyn sparrow replied Oct 27, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

53 Feb 2, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"Interestingly in the opening chapter of Eric Tonks book on the Edge Hill Light Railw…"

alwyn sparrow replied Oct 22, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

53 Feb 2, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"Well Robin the date on this ticket fit's the bill, So was it this rail tour in your…"

alwyn sparrow replied Jan 10, 2013 to Re: 44186 at Fenny Compton 24.4.1955

5 Jan 10, 2013
Reply by Robin Cullup

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