‘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

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Gentlemen! I would like, from here forth we be know as "The Unofficial SMJ Society" All those in favour say 'yeah'!

Andy

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I don't mind being unofficial.

Adrian
I certainly don't see any harm in this as long as it remains "unofficial". If it becomes official then it will require a Constitution, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer etc, etc, and that always means hassle in my experience! The beauty of this site is that it requires the minimum of hassle to enjoy it. Of course, if a group of like-minded individuals decided to get together and form an official society, then good luck to them, but I would not pretend that it would be an easy task; not least deciding upon and collecting subscriptions!

In another life I am the Chairman of the Friends of the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne, and I am sure the Council of that organisation would welcome some sort of link with those interested in the SMJ. After all we nearly had a branch to "Stoke Bruerne Wharf" in 1878.

David
David. If you can think of any connection you/we can make between the canals and the SMJ, we'd love to help. I love unofficial by the way - thanks guys!
Andy
I've always been unofficial, so what's likely to change????

Steve
Good point Steve! First may I say it's good to hear from you, I think I might have been slightly saying it with tongue planted firmly in my cheek. "Can we officially be the unofficial SMJ Society!"

Hope you are well

Andy

Steve Purcell said:
I've always been unofficial, so what's likely to change????

Steve
Andy,

The more unofficial the better!!

Peter
I'm for it! Mike
Andy

'The Unofficial SMJ Society' sounds vaguely familiar! I like it as a subheading but please don't change the website name (again!).

Dick
I'm not going to Dick - good point!

Andy

Dick said:
Andy

'The Unofficial SMJ Society' sounds vaguely familiar! I like it as a subheading but please don't change the website name (again!).

Dick
Unofficial works for me! I've been on all sorts of committees in my time and we really don't want to go there

Barry
Barry That's what I thought! No committees no secretaries, no meetings - unofficial!!
Andy

Barry Dunwoody said:
Unofficial works for me! I've been on all sorts of committees in my time and we really don't want to go there

Barry
I officially add my 2d to the Unofficial title...

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