‘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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Locomotive types seen on SMJR rails 32 Comments

loaned       Those of us who are old enough to remember the SMJR lines in steam days might be tempted to say that you only ever saw 4Fs or 8Fs,especially east of Woodford. By the ‘60s… View »

Bob Salmons - SMJ signalman

      ‘”You have to spend so much time down here, you might as well work for the railway!” pronounced Blakesley stationmaster Eddie Blandford. So I gave it my consideration and… View »

Bill Kendall 2 Comments

      Councillor Bill Kendall Councillor Bill Kendall is proud to be the oldest man in our village and has served continuously on our Parish Council for 38 years. He was born and br… View »

June Get-Together 5 Comments

      Find more photos like this on The Unofficial SMJ Society Please leave your comments about the day below. May-be some thoughts on any future get together's! - Andy  … View »

The N&B Stations

The Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway opened a station on the new main line at Blisworth and on May 1st 1866 ran the first train to Towcester. The following years saw the line push-on to Ban… View »

The first SMJ Get-Together 10 Comments

Share | Please put your name down here if you think you would be able to come. Can you also list any SMJ items you might be able to bring along for the day as exhibits. I am giving you a quick… View »

Aston Le Walls 4 Comments

Aston Le Walls was a small platform halt 2 miles and 10 chains west of Byfield station. Very few images exist of the halt with its tracks in situ.The following shot was taken in the 80's and has been… View »

Iron Works

      Production began in 1873 in connection with the development & erection of Towcester Furnaces, which consisted of two rotary furnaces of around 4 ton capacity, that… View »

Kineton Camp 1 Comment

  Contents and Labels with thanks from John Cosford Click below to find out about CAD KIneton's Locomotives CAD Kineton Locomotives 1952 - 1960.doc CAD KINETON – LOCOMOTIVES 1952 to 1960 (S… View »

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