‘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 Gordon, Yes I do live in the UK on the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire border near Ban…"

Steve Johns replied Nov 1, 2020 to SMJ maps and booklet

9 Dec 17, 2020
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hello Gordon, I would be interested in the 48"x 191/2" map of Broom Junction if you…"

Steve Johns replied Oct 31, 2020 to SMJ maps and booklet

9 Dec 17, 2020
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hi Greg, Go to members on the index at the top of the page and look for Mike Musson…"

Steve Johns replied Aug 17, 2020 to Bidford-on-Avon station photos

2 Aug 30, 2020
Reply by Greg Wye

"Hi Clive, The points would still be wooden sleepered. Steve"

Steve Johns replied Jul 31, 2020 to Concrete sleepers

2 Aug 1, 2020
Reply by Clive

"Hi Mark, Long time no see. I think the last time we met was at the NEC when you wer…"

Steve Johns replied May 30, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, I will be moving to Oxhill just south of Kineton into the heart of SMJ count…"

Steve Johns replied May 21, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, The DX is as yet unbuilt as i'm in the process of moving house so everythin…"

Steve Johns replied May 20, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, I was also thinking of building one in 4mm scalefour to sit behind my ex LN…"

Steve Johns replied May 18, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Hi Jim, It's understood that Bassett-Lowke models were fairly accurate representati…"

Steve Johns replied May 10, 2020 to EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

"Clive, From photographs in various books on the SMJ it seems that the non-corridor…"

Steve Johns replied Oct 16, 2019 to Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

2 Mar 21, 2020
Reply by Clive

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