‘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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SMJ Forum

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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"Hi Dave Eric Tonks included an excellent chapter on this topic in his book, ‘Ironsto…"

Mark Reader replied Feb 22 to Burton Dassett Cableway

1 Feb 22
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Jim & Steve Apologies for not remembering that we had met before. I meet so m…"

Mark Reader replied Jun 11, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim & Steve Welcome to South Warwickshire. Given that you are clearly keen mo…"

Mark Reader replied May 29, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"At the Warley exhibition I eagerly hit the Lightmoor stand first thing on Saturday t…"

Mark Reader replied Nov 27, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Barry Many thanks for such a comprehensive response. I've got copies of both publ…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
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"Thanks Barry Its great to hear that you can confirm it existed and have references t…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Barry Good luck with the final stages of your book. If you've not already started…"

Mark Reader replied Sep 5, 2015 to Missing photos of the SMJ

4 Sep 25, 2015
Reply by Peter William Reynolds

"Hi Jim I've recently viewed the Hillside 'Shakespeare Route', and agree with Nick t…"

Mark Reader replied Apr 19, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"After discussions with Nick, I've also been looking more closely at this. If you loo…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 17, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"The Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society plan to create an N gauge model of…"

Mark Reader replied Mar 3, 2015 to Model Railway Layouts featuring SMJR System

4 Mar 9, 2015
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