‘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.


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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"Superb news Dick.  Looks like another good year for the SMJ. "

Si Donal replied Mar 16, 2012 to RAILWAY BYLINES MAGAZINE

3 Mar 16, 2012
Reply by Barry Taylor

"Hello Richard,  There were no sidings at Ravenstone Wood Junction itself.  There we…"

Si Donal replied Mar 15, 2012 to Ravenstone Wood Junction.

4 Mar 16, 2012
Reply by Richard Pike

"Hi Andy, Been far away with work then caught chicken pox! I am now back in UK for a…"

Si Donal replied Jan 24, 2012 to SMJ ADVERT

5 Jan 25, 2012
Reply by Lloyd Penfold

"Thanks Andy."

Si Donal replied Aug 10, 2011 to Olney Station Website

3 Aug 10, 2011
Reply by Andy Thompson

"Andy/Alwyn,   Many, many thanks for laying on yesterdays meeting.  It was really enj…"

Si Donal replied Jun 12, 2011 to Stoke Bruerne Get Together June 11th 2011

14 Jun 13, 2011
Reply by Andy Thompson

"I will be there too Andy.  I'll bring my bits and bobs and also my models."

Si Donal replied May 22, 2011 to Stoke Bruerne Get Together June 11th 2011

14 Jun 13, 2011
Reply by Andy Thompson

"I don't usually take this magazine but I received my copy today and it is another go…"

Si Donal replied May 13, 2011 to Towcester in the 1930s

2 May 13, 2011
Reply by Si Donal

"Hello Keith,   I have built a model of the E&W "standard" station building in 4m…"

Si Donal replied Feb 17, 2011 to Can Anyone Help Keith?

7 Mar 4, 2011
Reply by Keith Simmons

"Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I was on the Helmdon Village Website when I not…"

Si Donal replied Dec 12, 2010 to SMJ nicknames

26 Dec 19, 2010
Reply by Gary

"If it helps I have traced SMJ No 2 the earliest of the Beyer's with the smaller 4ft…"

Si Donal replied Sep 1, 2010 to Loco model

5 Feb 25, 2011
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