‘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 December 8, 2009 at 15:48
Thanks very much for your info, Richard. Very interesting.

Adrian.
Comment by Richard Hopkins on December 8, 2009 at 15:46
I believe the building behind the signal box is the bus garage of Stratford Blue Motor Services. The garage originally belonged to the Kineton Green Bus Services which Stratford Blue absorbed in 1937.
The garage was rebuilt in the 1950’s which explains why it looks new in the photograph. I think the building is still there today but I’m not sure what it’s used for.
With bus competition so near it helps to explains why the SMJ passenger services did not last long after nationalisation.
Comment by adrian vaughan on December 8, 2009 at 9:41
Don't know about the stock on the siding but there is a man on the platform ramp who might be an Inspector type and a porter is walking away from camera on platform. I get the strong impression that the train from which this was taken has been stood here for a while while the enthusiasts take photos and is in this picture just pulling away, watched by that Inspectorial person. I think this could be the train seen in another picture hauled by the 75xxx?
Comment by Andy Thompson on December 8, 2009 at 8:15
A scene lost to time and the car! What's the unit behind the station? It look new! Andy

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