‘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

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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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Comment by Gary on August 24, 2009 at 8:12
I don't suppose there was some remodelling happening at Northampton at the time thus displacing the activities from there to here?
Just a tought
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 23, 2009 at 20:02
I can't really help as I never knew. There must be notes in the magazines of the time (Railway Magazine, Railway Observer etc.)
I am fairly sure that it did NOT involve using the SMJ line (as you say it had closed by then apaprt from the ironstne quarry but was probbaly still open when Blisworth renovation first took place), just the sidings and platforms at Blisworth.

I am fairly sure that road traffic was not involved, which makes it even odder - if it wasn't it must have just meant transfer and Blsworth seems an odd place for that.

I seem to recall that the rebuilding of Euston station (with subsequent reduced capacity) was somehow behind it. I would welcome an explanation from someone who knows.

Assuming that the SMJ line was not used, it was an awkward manouvre to get from the main lines (and the Northampton line) into the SMJ platforms.

Comment by Dick Bodily on August 22, 2009 at 12:57
Can you recall whether this parcel traffic was transferred to road haulage at Blisworth? Obviously the SMJ had closed, was it parcels bound for former SMJ served places like Towcester, etc. which were no longer served by rail? Or was it just somewhere where vans were shunted, or even an onerspill for Northampton. I would have expected that all parcels traffic would have been centred on Northampton especially as the majority of freight and parcels traffic went around the loop.

Comment by Peter Fleming on August 21, 2009 at 19:07
The station almost looks open, but of course it is not.
Note the new white canopy and parcels van in the SMJ bay. This was the period when it was used for parcels traffic.

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