‘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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I am pleased to report that following my previous posts on this site concerning the R o H the Railway Heritage Trust have had the best known condition original professionally scanned and cleaned up and have also faithfully copied the oak frame in its correct style and moulding. This is part of a general assessment of all railway war memorials. The finished product is now firmly fixed to the wall between the two booking windows at Stratford on Avon (ex GWR) station thanks to permission from London Midland Trains. This is the first time since the closure of the passenger service in 1952 that this memorial has been on public display. Although somewhat ironic that the only resting place available is on the premises of their largest and arguably most troublesome rival I am sure that the ordinary working GWR men at Stratford would have had no hesitation in welcoming this memorial to the fellow railwaymen that they all knew in what was a small community 100 years ago. If anyone wants an electronic copy of this scan for their own private collection please reply with an e-mail address via this site.

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