‘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 September 14, 2009 at 6:44
Yes Adrian,
Blisworth had two separate stations. The SMJR one was separate from the LNWR/LMS one and trains going to Northampton from the SMJR had quite a shunt to cross the WCML to get to the Northampton line.
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 13, 2009 at 19:19
No - difficult one. It ain't Kineton because the name board on the signal box is wrong. Kineton we do have and the letters are quite large. It was a short name and they seem to have gone for larger letters in the instance. The unidentified place has a signal box nameboard with smaller letters and more of them.
I'm scanning all I have on your railway and I will post them one by one. I'm doing Blisworth SMJ platforms in April 1950 at the moment. I take it I am correct in believing that there was a separate, double track line between platforms for SMJ at Blisworth?
Comment by Gary on September 13, 2009 at 19:02
The layout of the track rules out the Ettington.
Blakesley was on a curve and the pictures seem to show a straight staion.
Kineton does seem to be the most likely as the layout is close to that pictured and the station is one of the few that seem to be near civilisation.
Sorry not much help is it?
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 13, 2009 at 14:06
I hazard the guess that the widely spaced platforms is because there used to be more tracks between them. Diminishing traffic permitted the railway to take some 'Middle Sidings' out??
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 13, 2009 at 13:26
The photographer's note say April 24th 1955??

Has anyone a suggestion for the station where the 75xxx was photo'd. The Signal Box name is quite unreadable but it it a fairly long name. Blakesley or Ettington but not a two-word name.
Comment by Gary on September 13, 2009 at 8:58
The space between th running lines in the platforms at Stratford was remarkably large and certainly "non-standard" isn't it? DOes anyone know why the platforms were so far apart?

This one is date-able... GWR Dukedog 4-4-0 No.9015 (with 4 on) on the REC "South Midlander" railtour 24 March 55.

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