‘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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Here's an advertisement for our line.  I beleive it is from the Railway Year Book.  It is undated but as it is advertising the Shakespeare Tercentenery, I beleive that dates it to 1916.  Through carriages via the Woodford link are mentioned as well as links via LNWR and Midland Railways.  For me, the advertising of my "local" station of Morton Pinkney as detraining point for Sulgrave Manor is interesting.  What I really love about this though is the promotion of Goods Services and it's "modernistic" 3 link coupling logo. 

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Nice find Si! Good to hear from you, are you OK? What news of the Kineton visit too!!


I like the optimism of "This well organized and Important Railway"......

Lively, up to date image of a working line.

Hi Andy,

Been far away with work then caught chicken pox! I am now back in UK for a while.  I will re-start my contact with the authorities at Kineton again once I clear my desk.  All is well and I have even found some time to do some SMJ modelling. Hope all is well with you too.



Andy Thompson said:

Nice find Si! Good to hear from you, are you OK? What news of the Kineton visit too!!


"A.E. Diggins, Traffic Manager, Stratford-on-Avon."

On 2nd April 1911 Arthur Ernest Diggins (b.1872 Kings Lynn - d.1955 Ipswich), wife Ethel Dawson Diggins nee Souter (b.1873 Chesterfield, married 1903 Chesterfield, d.1930 Uxbridge), sons Raymond Howard Diggins (b.1904 Chesterfield) and Eustace Arthur Diggins (b.1910 Stratford) were living at "Illahee", Chestnut Walk (at its junction with Rother Street) Stratford. His occupation was "Secretary and Accountant of Railway Company".

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