‘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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Slow Miserable and Jolty

In former times just about everything and everybody had a nickname, a trend that seems to be becoming unfashionable or not PC. The Stratfor…

Started by Dick Bodily

8 Sep 1, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily

Slow Miserable and Jolty

Can I please correct the title someone used on the SMJ site and I reproduce abpve. The correct 'joky' title - and one with proper aliterat…

Started by adrian vaughan

2 Sep 1, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily


I moved to Moreton Pinkney in 1986. My parents house was on the Canons Ashby Road at the bottom of which was the old bridge that crossed th…

Started by Si Donal

10 Aug 29, 2009
Reply by Si Donal

Bridge 149

I was interested to be reminded of Bridge 149 at Towcester. One of the features of the SMJ was the big cast iron diamond shaped warning si…

Started by Peter Fleming

4 Aug 13, 2009
Reply by Peter Fleming

Tale from the old line...

Whilst on a current SMJR interest spleurge I have found the following in one of my books. I am not sure how true it is due to the slight co…

Started by Gary

1 Aug 9, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily

Towcester Race Specials

I know that the LMS used to run special trains to Towcester ( and also to Warwick) Races from Northampton. The usual formation was a Webb 2…

Started by Dick Bodily

1 Aug 3, 2009
Reply by Barry Taylor

The Triangular Junction at Stratford post 1960

As there have been a number of references to this location I have placed a file on my blog regarding the signaling in the Stratford area be…

Started by John Jennings

1 Aug 1, 2009
Reply by Andy Thompson

Ro Railer (possible update)

Hi everyone I am sure most have you have read my account of the Ro Railer which is on another part of this site. From time to time new tit…

Started by John Jennings

1 Jul 30, 2009
Reply by Andy Thompson

What unusual classes on SMJ metals do you know of ?

I am trying to put together a list of all the locomotive types that have ever been recorded on the SMJR routes. (ie. Cockley Brake Junction…

Started by Dick Bodily

28 Jul 16, 2009
Reply by John Jennings

GW locos working to Blisworth

Just read Dick's note about LNER types working east from Woodford, which reminds me of the few odd occasions when we got a GW 22xx 0-6-0 at…

Started by Barry Taylor

4 Jul 4, 2009
Reply by Dick Bodily


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