‘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"
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
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.
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.
There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue
Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.
I am in the process of updating the SMJ section of the website. Having learnt my lesson a few years ago when John Jennings took me to task for confusing the location of Clifford Sidings and Ettington Limeworks, I would appreciate any help in reviewing the content. I had hoped John would help do this for me but I hadn't realised just how poorly he was. We have lost a great friend and resource to the SMJ Society.
I have more or less finished the section between Fenny Compton to Clifford Sidings plus Bidford and Binton. I am currently working on the Stratford Old Town Pages: station; shed; and locos. I will also be adding a Miscellaneous page to cover relevant SMJ information not geographically specific.
I welcome any corrections and additional information you maybe able to offer. As ever, full acknowledgement will be given. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Society for the information they have provided on its website. It's been a tremendous help. Hopefully I have correctly credited people for the information or images when used.
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