‘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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"Hi Andrew, It's always interesting to get a new, and different, view on an old subj…"

Jim Goodman replied Apr 18 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

14 Apr 18
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

"Hi Andrew, Many thanks for your informative reply. I would certainly like to get ho…"

Jim Goodman replied Apr 18 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Mark, We have met before, I've seen the Kineton layout a couple of times, very i…"

Jim Goodman replied May 30, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
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"Hi Steve, Same here, just moved back to Leamington, to many things to do before I c…"

Jim Goodman replied May 20, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Steve, Is your ex LNWR DX in SMJ livery? There is an 0 gauge kit which I keep pro…"

Jim Goodman replied May 19, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Steve, Thanks for your reply, interesting you should mention that Bassett-Lowke…"

Jim Goodman replied May 18, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"It's on the market. For local buyers only who meet the local connection criteria. Th…"

Jim Goodman replied Apr 27, 2019 to Planning Application for Binton Station Site

12 Apr 27, 2019
Reply by Rob Davidson

"Picked up my copy from Telford 0-gauge Show yesterday and very impressed with it too…"

Jim Goodman replied Sep 3, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"I take your point about the different elevations, about 60ft if my memory is correct…"

Jim Goodman replied Dec 22, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

14 Apr 18
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

"Pure speculation on my part but, as the platform in question is on the down side, I…"

Jim Goodman replied Dec 20, 2016 to Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

14 Apr 18
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

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