‘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 adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 10:34
Thanks Barry,

It is very good to get the proper info on these old negs. I will see what else I have but I think I posted them all now - I do have one taken from a train approaching Clifford Sidings signal box but I cannot find it.Grrr.

Comment by Barry Taylor on September 21, 2009 at 10:05
Hi Adrian
We're looking south along the West Coast main line - in the direction of Roade cutting. Your other shot c. 1960 is looking back towards us from a point in the far distance - although it looks as though the station buildings have gone in that one, and I remember them disappearing quite quickly after the LNW station closed in Jan 1960. It's an interesting shot - the LNW peg on the platform seems rather strangely positioned right behind that shed. Presumably it's a starter for the Northampton line - the trains either left the platform face on the extreme left of the photo (returning push/pulls) or turned off the main (through trains) over the crossover in the picture, right to left. Great shots - hope you've got some more SMJ !
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 20, 2009 at 17:57
Hello Barry,

No - I don't know - your message I the first I've opened. I've been out all day photoing on the North Norfolk Railway.
Please tell me which way the camera is pointing, north or south ?
Comment by Barry Taylor on September 20, 2009 at 13:47
You probably know this by now - I'm just back from holidays and catching up - but this shows the up and down fast through Blisworth LNW - on the left behind the platform buildings is the Northampton line where the push/pull would run in and out - that is unless it was one of the through workings to Weedon and Leamington, which ran through the station onto the down fast (in the distance) across the crossover seen at the end of the platforms - and onto the down fast (right hand line as eeen in this pic.) to continue their journeys.
The SMJ platform was more or less behind the photographer on the right

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