‘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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A trace from the Beyer Peacock Archive Drawing. Dated 1880, this is E&WJR No 2, later SMJ No 2A and LMS 2300. Details of the brakes have been ommitted from the drawing. The original drawing is scled at 10mm/1 foot.

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Comment by Simon Dunkley on September 5, 2010 at 9:13
The details in the MOSI search engine for this are:
Collection: Beyer, Peacock & Co. Ltd
Object summary: General arrangement drawing of East & West Junction Railway '0-6-0' locomotive
Order No 6021
Name of Draughtsman: Fox
Registration number: A1966.24/MS0001/3/31047

This produces a thunmbnail image, click on this get an image at 23%, which can be resized.
The URL, assuming I can get this to work properly, is:

The MOSI search engine is not the easiest to use, and there is facility to order things (as far as I could tell) by, say, order number or date.

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