‘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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Can I please correct the title someone used on the SMJ site and I reproduce abpve.

The correct 'joky' title - and one with proper aliteration is:-

Slow Moulding and Jolting.

I hope you don't mind me mentioning it but that is what it was called 50 years ago.

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There were various variations of the title including your properly aliterated version. Titles changed from village to village as such jokes were passed on by word of mouth. At Towcester it was 'Slow Miserable and Jolty' according to Robert Stephens' booklet, at Blakesley just 5 miles down the line it was 'Slow Miserable and Jolting'. I'd be interesred to know what part of the line your 'Slow Moulding and Jolting' is associated with. Have a look at the original discussion and you will see some of the other names afforded to the line.
Great to see your classy photos on the Steamtube website by the way, it will give Roni some competition on the site!


I hope you don't mind, but I've cut and pasted your discussion and my reply into the original discusssion that I began so that all the info is together.


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