‘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 November 14, 2009 at 15:24
Hello Dick,

Thanks very much for your comments. I read them with interest. from L&BR to 1950, amazingly well built I think. Yes there are quite a lot of people around but I think they must have been trespassers. We wandered about as and when we pleased in those days and kept a look out.

Adrian.
Comment by Dick Bodily on November 14, 2009 at 14:44
This was taken looking north from the Robert Stephenson bridge over the Grand Union Canal. It looks like some reballasting has been done on the Down main line. The photographer must have been standing on the WCML but nothing is pegged. Perhaps some engineering occupation is ongoing as other people can be seen strolling on the tracks. The SMJ station is immediately left of the telegraph poleunder the left hand (Down) signal gantry. The water tower also designed by Stephenson was in L&BR times originally fed from 'the cut'. How long this continued for I've no idea, perhaps David Blagrove would know.

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