‘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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" Count me in! Jim."

Jim Goodman replied Oct 27, 2014 to Get Together

10 Nov 24, 2014
Reply by Richard Heacock

"Hi Simon, I've just played my DVD copy of an old cine film of the SMJ and it closes…"

Jim Goodman replied Jun 16, 2014 to Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

6 Jan 22
Reply by Simon Stevens

"Hi Jack, Sorry, can't help you with any photos you are looking for, but good luck i…"

Jim Goodman replied Jun 16, 2014 to Fenny Compton

2 Jun 17, 2014
Reply by Jack Freuville

"I always wonder if the farmer owns the land. Last time I was there he said to me tha…"

Jim Goodman replied May 27, 2013 to remains of SMJ

13 May 27, 2013
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Nigel, M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arth…"

Jim Goodman replied Apr 1, 2013 to EHLR JUNCTION

5 Dec 4, 2014
Reply by NIGEL

"Hi Si, Is this plan of any use? The first Burton Dassett one of course. "

Jim Goodman replied Mar 16, 2013 to EHLR JUNCTION

5 Dec 4, 2014
Reply by NIGEL

"Hi Dick, I got this book for Christmas, I think I've got or seen all the old SMJ pho…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 2, 2013 to Northamptonshire South & West (BR Past & Present)

2 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Gary, When I visited the site in 2011 a farmer did inform me that it was not a publi…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 2, 2013 to Salcey Forest Station Site

14 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Richard Woods

"I think the station site is just to the left of the gap in the hedge, there definite…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 1, 2013 to Salcey Forest Station Site

14 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Richard Woods

"Hi All, First of all that's a great picture Stephen, where did you come across that?…"

Jim Goodman replied Jan 1, 2013 to Salcey Forest Station Site

14 Jan 2, 2013
Reply by Richard Woods

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