‘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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"At last - the whole years worth of the 1968 Railway Modeller is on it's way! I can t…"

Si Donal replied Oct 23, 2009 to DETAILS OF THE PLATFORM SIDE OF E&W SMALL STATIONS

25 Jan 19, 2010
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"I too went to to "the line", last weekend in fact. I walked the SMJ from Morton Pink…"

Si Donal replied Aug 29, 2009 to MORETON PINKNEY SMJ

10 Aug 29, 2009
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"Yes Andy it is. I am amazed that it has survived. The current owner of the site has…"

Si Donal replied Aug 10, 2009 to MORETON PINKNEY SMJ

10 Aug 29, 2009
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"Barry, that is fantastic and thanks you. I will start the search to get hold of a co…"

Si Donal replied Aug 10, 2009 to DETAILS OF THE PLATFORM SIDE OF E&W SMALL STATIONS

25 Jan 19, 2010
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"Dick, Local lore has it that the brick kiln & clay pit (now an odd shaped house…"

Si Donal replied Jun 11, 2009 to MORETON PINKNEY SMJ

10 Aug 29, 2009
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"Andy, not at all, I am pleased that my, albeit vicarious, memories can be of use. "

Si Donal replied Jun 11, 2009 to MORETON PINKNEY SMJ

10 Aug 29, 2009
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"RAILWAY BYLINES featured a number of pictures of teh SMJ in it's recent editions inc…"

Si Donal replied Jun 9, 2009 to Rail tours

4 Jun 9, 2009
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"I too have seen a photo with the advertising logo on the bridge. I am fairly convinc…"

Si Donal replied Jun 9, 2009 to Bridge 12

11 May 4, 2015
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"While I do not doubt your memory, I wonder if it was a 1 off excursion of Officers S…"

Si Donal replied Jun 9, 2009 to Great central loco & train at Stratford

6 Jun 11, 2009
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