‘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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"You can buy a copy of the 1916 Appendix to the WTT from the Signalling Record Societ…"

Simon Dunkley replied Dec 26, 2016 to SMJ Rulebook

6 Dec 26, 2016
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"For those interested, the book can be found by searching for the isbn 1898937435."

Simon Dunkley replied Jun 12, 2016 to Mystery line that never was. Did the East & West seek to expand into Bucks?

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"There was an EWJR rule book on eBay 3 or so years ago. I bid on it, but someone jump…"

Simon Dunkley replied Jan 18, 2016 to SMJ Rulebook

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"From photos taken in pre-grouping days, I have worked in the past on the assumption…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 27, 2015 to Paint colours

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"It may be the case that the station master at Morton Pinkney had the key, and knew w…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 21, 2015 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

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"I was going to say that, but Nigel beat me to it! Try this link, you may have to m…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 20, 2015 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

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"Railways own the right of way at most crossings, and until traffic levels increased…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 20, 2015 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

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"Even so, the motorway forms the lowest point in the local area, as was proven on M…"

Simon Dunkley replied Mar 17, 2015 to M40 motorway

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"Raised platforms were quite common in Victorian time and were used for loading horse…"

Simon Dunkley replied Dec 5, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

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"At a guess, the large goods shed was used as a grain store, and presumably the EW…"

Simon Dunkley replied Dec 5, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

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