‘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

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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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Can anyone identify how the junction between the SMJ and EHLR was arranged.  I have looked at the published photos but they don't show the whole arrangement. I  suspect that this short lived connection was not mapped but I thought I'd ask anyway.  Cheers, Simon

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Hi Si,

Is this plan of any use? The first Burton Dassett one of course.

Jim,  Thanks alot.  I'm pondering a model, mind you the junction is larger than it seems in photos. I'm amazed that a turntable features at the junction.  I did see a reference to one on the hfstephens website but discredited it as an error!  I am working on a terrier now.  Out of period for my LMS models really.  Thanks for going to such effort.  Si

Interesting to note that both the E.H.L.R. and the aerial ropeway are BOTH shown on the first plan of Burton Dassett junction. The aerial ropeway had, according to Tonks, closed by 1921 and equipment removed post 1929. The E.H.L.R. opened in 1922 and closed in 1925, can we surmise a date for the track plan ?

Hi Nigel,

M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arthur Jordan states it was opened for traffic in 1920 and both agree that it was closed in 1925. The aerial rope-way finally closed in 1921, so I'll plump for a date of 1920/21 for the track plan.

Incidentally, like Alwyn, I was looking around the EHLR site in the early 70's and saw plenty of evidence of the railway - track, wire ropes, wheels, and the course of the line could clearly be seen. Sadly I never took any photos nor took any mementos.


Sounds about right for the track plan, although I disagree with the date of 1920 for the opening of traffic on this line. See map below dated 1920 for this 'MINERAL LINE UNDER CONSTRUCTION'. The area shown is part of the rope worked incline, the double track loop, I believe.

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