‘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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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.


There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.

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Here I am feeling all chuffed because I have received a copy of my book titled 'Last Rites.' It tells the story of the destruction of Britain's steam railways and includes plenty of SMJ photos and a description of walking the whole railway 50 years ago, during which time I got arrested. Honest!!. It has 200 pictures, many from the Northampton area and includes ironstone lines. Available from Amazon and The Model Shop, Northampton.

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Comment by John Evans on April 24, 2016 at 11:51

Thanks Terry. It was fun recalling the old days, although not the hassle at Kineton military base! 

Comment by Terry Andrews on April 23, 2016 at 8:21

Hi John, Just got my copy of your book off Amazon.  Thoroughly enjoying it especially around the area of Woodford Halse and the GCR, an area I am very familiar with.
A great set of photographs that accompany the book as well.
Many thanks for producing it.

Comment by Jean Cholerton on April 15, 2016 at 15:04

Thank you for the `Last Rites` mention.  I have just ordered it online for my husband`s birthday.

He will be chuffed.  He is currently working on what was the SMJ (Broom junction/Stratford section) planting suitable hedging/trees for wildlife. 

Best wishes to the all the members of the S.M.J. Society.

Jean Cholerton 

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