‘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

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 18.

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Wel - Hello David.

It has been a VERY long time since I had the chance to read something yu write. What a great surprise - but then I recalled that you run a great big chunk of history at Stoke Bruerne. It was a great pleasure to read you essay on nicknames. May-be M-ways do have nick-names - I've never heard of one but perhaps the emergency service discussion group could enlighten us? Is there a Police/Fire/Ambulance site - one for each county perhaps? Well - you never know.

Running 'C' headcode vacums from Bristol to London ove the SMJ always seemed a grand idea. But does anyone knw what happened at Broom Junction? Did the railway have another engine waiting there to take over because otherwise there would have been a lot of mils running tender first.

Another name for the DN&S, at Didcot at any rate was 'The Gold Coast'. That has reberverations with The Klondyke'. Gold - Maybe this refers to large amounts of overtime earned whilst working across it??
Mention of Didcot - The Up Goods Loop from Didcot East Jc to Moreton Cutting was always called 'The Gully' .

And of course there were dozens of goods trains with nicknames - and some passenger. I recall the 9.25 p.m Paddington was known as 'Paddy's Mail in our part and I suppose all along its route. 'The 'Down Owl' was another late night train - perhaps (can't recall properly) the 10.30 p.m Paddington - the Penzance sleeper. By contrast we had 'The Up Waker' which was an overnight Penzance - Paddington sleeper via Bristol that came through ours around 5.45 a.m. So that name was probably a fairly local one.

But this ain't SMJ. Sorry.

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