‘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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"Thanks Nigel, I didn't see the reverse photo. I knew it wasn't our railway though, I…"

Jim Goodman replied Nov 30, 2016 to SMJ photo on ebay - possibly!

6 Dec 5, 2016
Reply by Robin Cullup

"Many thanks for posting these and the previous pictures. Some interesting angles of…"

Jim Goodman replied Sep 15, 2016 to My late Father's photographs

1 Sep 15, 2016
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Mark, I live near Kettering, it's a bit of a trek for you. I'm quite happy to pos…"

Jim Goodman replied Apr 20, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Nick/ Robin, It's not the DVD issued in 2006 but it is by Hillside Publishing. Th…"

Jim Goodman replied Mar 29, 2015 to Old Cine Film of the SMJ.

9 Apr 20, 2015
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"I think Simon's right, it's difficult to measure a few yards even on a 1:25000 map b…"

Jim Goodman replied Mar 15, 2015 to M40 motorway

16 Apr 7, 2015
Reply by Barry Taylor

"I'd be interested to know how many there are. One of the best I've seen is Towcester…"

Jim Goodman replied Feb 25, 2015 to Model Railway Layouts featuring SMJR System

4 Mar 9, 2015
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Thanks for all your hard work at Kew. It does look like there were two stations. One…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 25, 2015 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

53 Feb 2, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"Simon, Thanks for the info on the East and West 'garter' displayed on its coaches. Y…"

Jim Goodman replied Nov 16, 2014 to Helmdon

23 Nov 16, 2014
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"I don't think this is a real book but just info from a company that specializes in p…"

Jim Goodman replied Nov 9, 2014 to North End and Warwick Road stations?

53 Feb 2, 2015
Reply by NIGEL

"I've just tried the links to the national archives but it appears that none of the d…"

Jim Goodman replied Nov 6, 2014 to Helmdon

23 Nov 16, 2014
Reply by Simon Dunkley

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