‘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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Woodford Engines working eastwards over the SMJ Route.

I can remember instances in the 60s of light engine working of Woodford WDs, often hauling dead locos, through Blakesley towards Towcester.…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Jun 11, 2009

Rail tours

The Railway Enthusiasts Club ran a rail tour on April 24, 1955, under the headboard The South Midlander. It came on to the S&MJR at Fen…

Started by Andy Thompson

4 Jun 9, 2009
Reply by Si Donal

SMJ signalmen safety regulations

Wanted - date when colour blindess tests introduced for signalmen. My grandfather CHARLES NEAL was signalman at Kineton. According to famil…

Started by John C. Neal

0 Jun 4, 2009

Was the SMJ ever going to work?

Lines like the SMJ across Northamptonshire sprung up by the tonne in the mid-1800's. My point is that they were never going to survive and…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Apr 10, 2009

Broom Junction Model

Last week, as part of the research for my book, I had the enjoyable experience of an evening at the Warley Model Railway Club, looking at t…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Apr 10, 2009

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