‘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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"Volume 2 is out now!"

Simon Dunkley replied Oct 31, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Yes, they are of a standard design. There were drawings and photos, as well as how t…"

Simon Dunkley replied Sep 20, 2017 to standard station design?

2 Oct 9, 2017
Reply by Clive

"Actually, I can and will go further. It is exceptionally well produced and extremely…"

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 22, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Same here: it just arrived (yes, at 3 pm!) but on first glance looks very nice. "

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 22, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"I will keep an eye out for the postman, then!"

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 21, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"I ordered it on the 10th. No sign yet? Has it been held up? (Would be entirely app…"

Simon Dunkley replied Aug 20, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Not just South Northamptonshire, Dick, but the whole county. I went through school i…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 7, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Fair points, Barry. I wondered about the acres of white paper, and I suspect it was…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 2, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"There is no hint of the branch to Northampton and Peterborough, (Royal Assent 1843…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 1, 2017 to SMJ / LNW station arrangements at Blisworth

14 Mar 7, 2017
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"There is a hint of L M S, or 3 cleaned areas, on the tender, plus the smokebox numbe…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 1, 2017 to Kineton Station

2 Mar 1, 2017
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