‘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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I hope this view captures a bit of the SMJ station. All terra-incognita to me, if you'll forgive me. Wonderful railway. I wish I'd been there but a chap cannot be everywhere.

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Comment by David Chambers on December 4, 2009 at 0:55
During 1963-64 whilest Euston station was being reconstruted much of it,s parcel traffic was sorted on the SMJ platforms, I remember a train leaving for Reading about 6-30 PM as I had to report the loading to Rugby control office ( just spent much time trying to find a working timetable to give you the reporting number and exact time, but as yet to no avail) as for the main line box the very last shift shift regulars were Jack Morrisrow, Bill Skeen and Don Oxley who was among the first intake to Rugby power box when resignalling took place over forty years ago, Does anyone have any pictures of them?
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Comment by Barry Taylor on September 21, 2009 at 10:17
Great shot Adrian - this clearly shows the division between the LNW and SMJ stations at Blisworth. LNW box and other premises are centre background and the SMJ obviously at the end of this platform. The two were connected by a subway under the sidings and WCML and as far as I know, there must have been a joint booking office in the SMJ bit once that railway was opened - certainly it was that way in the 1950's but I wonder if it was always the case. The siding between the two stations was a long shunt which trains used to shuffle across from LNW to SMJ lines - the odd passenger special included.

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