‘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"


SMJ Forum

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.


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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The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List 56 Comments

Advice for people wanting to find out more about the SMJR The definitive account of the line can be found in Barry Taylor's 'The Stratford-upon-Avon and & Midland Junction Railway (Volumes 1 … View »

Last Years of the SMJ Pickups 14 Comments

The last years of the SMJR line pick ups. (Local freight and ironstone trains in the ‘50s and ‘60s.)   Once the Towcester - Ravenstone Junction section of the former SMJR had closed, throug… View »

SMJ Related Links

Welcome to the Towcester and District Local History Society website   The town of Towcester (pop 9,000) lies 100km (60 miles) north of London, England in rural Northamptonshire. It is the oldest… View »

Mining Index

        The Reason It Came To Be Mining of the earth’s natural resources in the Blisworth area of Northamptonshire has been evident for many centuries. It was thi… View »


    Welcome to the SMJ index page. From here you can find your way to all the pages on the website. &nbs Links Visit the image library - Click here Visit the Albums -… View »

An Alphabetical List of SMJ Nicknames 1 Comment

      (NB) The names in brackets refer to the person who supplied the info.   Banana Line - referring to Towcester - Ravenswood Junction section (Barry Taylor) Bread and Her… View »

Gary's list of 'Surviving Locomotives known to have run on the SMJ' 9 Comments

      (Partially Updated - 3rd September 2014) ex-LMSR 4P 4-4-0 41000 owned by NRM but on SVR out of service and on display but has run in preservation. RAILTOUR visit to line 4M… View »

Gayton Wood Farm/Mining the Gayton Parish

  View Larger Map   Follow and maybe join a discussion around the subject View Larger Map An overview of the history of the mining/quarrying relating to the former Northampton… View »

The Sad Demise of the Stratford Slip Coach Service

      ‘Through Carriage to London’ announced the proud notice at Stratford Old Town as the 7.45am train for Blisworth prepared to leave from the ‘Up’ platform sometime in th… View »

Clive Boardman - Woodford fireman ('56-'58) remembering trips along the SMJ

    Clive fired WDs on the SMJ. Clive Boardman was a fireman at Woodford from 1956-8. This was before the Stratford south curve was installed. He remembers night time workings on loo… View »


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