‘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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To all members /supporters,

Last year we had an excellent get together at Stratford on Avon, why not then a recall meeting at possibly the same venue next year?

A wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, thoughts, experiences & show off our models & 'bit of collections' relating to the SMJR.

Let's all put all put a series of possible dates together to see what can be achieved.

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Sounds good!!!

Count me in!


Great idea for debate meeting -- can it be 'this end of the line' however -- Northampton or Towcester??

Great idea!!

As a fairly new member I would welcome a get-together. Before the majority of the line closed I went on one or two railtours in the 1960s. I particularly remember one from Fenny Compton to Broom Junction, where I remember seeing the points clipped and padlocked before passage of the train, and then on through Alcester. I also remember seeing bits of CAD Kineton.

John Barber

Yes, a  very good idea to get together as i just missed last year before i joined. I certainly will bring plenty of photographs of the S.M.J. around Stratford in the 1950 's. including the last passenger train.  Brian England.

Yes would look forward to another get together at Stratford on Avon the sooner the better, really enjoyed the last one Ray Hughes.

Good day out. Thoroughly enjoyed it last time. Would come to another. Suggest  late spring / summer as the days are longer and likely to be dryer under foot should we walk some of the trackbed.

Brilliant idea. Spring or Summer. Looking forward to it.

If I can, I'll be there!

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