‘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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BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 & ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201

BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon.

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:02

British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits in the south curve loop for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960. The south curve was opened on 27th September 1942 which immediately removed the time consuming need to reverse at Broom station, a practice which had occurred from the day the line opened in 1873. The Austerity is displaying Class H headlamps, one above the other with the bottom lamp in the centre of the bufferbeam. The 9F was returning to the Oxfordshire ironstone sidings at Cropredy at was carrying Class F headlamps as seen in image 'smj_brm395'. Despite its dirty condition, No 92205 is only a year old having been built by Swindon works in May 1959. As with most British Railways locomotives, No 92205 was to have a short working life being withdrawn from 56A Wakefield shed in June 1967 to be scrapped by Draper's of Hull.

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