‘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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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.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

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.

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Bidford-on-Avon station photos

Hello folks - I'm interested in sourcing any historical photos of Bidford-on-Avon station and wondering if anyone here could help point me…

Started by Greg Wye

2 Aug 30, 2020
Reply by Greg Wye

Stored coaches

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire). There has been recent reference…

Started by Alan Brant

4 Aug 16, 2020
Reply by Ian Mathews

Concrete sleepers

I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would…

Started by Clive

2 Aug 1, 2020
Reply by Clive

The Roade Connection

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ. Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it? Why build sta…

Started by peter fleming

2 May 19, 2020
Reply by Richard Denny

Way in

Hi there I hope you are all in good health. A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton. Apparently, these station…

Started by Jack Freuville

0 Mar 29, 2020

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield statio…

Started by Clive

2 Mar 21, 2020
Reply by Clive

Aircraft crash

Hello I’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia 08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford…

Started by Jack Freuville

8 Feb 16, 2020
Reply by Jack Freuville

Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below https://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Northamptonshire/Tow

Started by Dick Bodily

2 Dec 21, 2019
Reply by Dick Bodily

Towcester station sign unvieling

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign! To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow…

Started by Andy Thompson

1 Oct 10, 2019
Reply by Dick Bodily

Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

Hello Would anybody have any information on Fowler 3P 2-6-2T running on the SMJR and are there any photos available Best regards Jack

Started by Jack Freuville

2 Sep 26, 2019
Reply by Dick Bodily

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