‘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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My name is Andy Thompson and I am a digital marketer who loves the SMJ!  I not only have researched and sourced all the information for this website, but I have constructed it and regularly update it. I have written and had published articles on the history of The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway (the SMJ) since when I have become a railway historian, and one of the foremost experts on the SMJ, its evolution and demise.

My interest in the SMJ grows with every email, letter and phone call I receive, uncovering yet further aspects on what was a very minor railway company. Through my ever-growing knowledge, interest and experience I have developed a talk on the SMJ which I am able to bring to your organisation or group.


The talk is informative and full with the history of the line as well as much of the material you have seen on my website, including a selection of my collection as yet not on the website. I include:

  • A time-line history of the SMJ with PowerPoint
  • A journey along the line slideshow
  • Interviews with SMJ staff
  • A DVD (time allowing)
  • A tour of my website (if you have the internet)
  • Q+A

If your organisation or group requires a highly professional speaker contact me for more information dates and costs etc,
or ring 01404 851139

On a Friday in April, 2010 I was at Kettering. Here is the video! Thanks to Robin + Ian for the invite.


On Wednesday Feb 27th 2008 at Weston Favel, Northampton
I gave my S.M.J. talk to the Northampton branch of the RCTS. Watch the video!


On Friday March 27th 2009 at Banbury Road Oxford
I gave my S.M.J. talk to the GWR boys. Watch the video!


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