‘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

I have added a video to the site's video page.https://youtu.be/DHCoijWc_t0Continue

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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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Interesting Ebay item

Thanks to Gary for the heads up! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254054775180 Andy

Started by Andy Thompson

1 Jan 8, 2019
Reply by Phil Street

Fenny Compton Goods shed

Hello Some time ago I posted a question concerning the goods shed at Fenny Compton as indicated in the book Track Layout diagrams of the Gr…

Started by Jack Freuville

1 Jan 8, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

E&W JR first train

Hello Does someone have a copy of the picture of the first train running on the East and West Junction Railway as stated in J Dunn’s book T…

Started by Jack Freuville

1 Jan 7, 2019
Reply by Simon Dunkley

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great…

Started by John Jennings

14 Dec 21, 2018
Reply by Barry Taylor

u-tube videos that might be of interest

This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield station https://www.youtube.com/

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Dec 15, 2018

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

Hi all I'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of the SMJ should be available in the near future - details are as follo…

Started by Barry Taylor

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is w…

Started by Andy Thompson

0 Nov 28, 2018

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Nov 21, 2018

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train phot…

Started by Dick Bodily

0 Oct 19, 2018

Salvaged track bolts

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under th…

Started by John Godwin

1 Sep 28, 2018
Reply by Dick Bodily

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