‘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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Line to Banbury looking towards Farthinghoe

Taken from M40. The one benefit from a traffic jam
8 September 2011

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Comment by alwyn sparrow on November 26, 2011 at 5:23

Apparently there was a serious explosion on the site in 1917 in which several workers were seriously injured.There is a short section about this former munitions site in Bill Simpsons

book" The Banbury to Verney Junction Branch".


Comment by Gary on November 25, 2011 at 13:54

I pass it every day going to work but this was first time I could get a photo.

As you know Si, the remains of the munition storage are still visible to the North of the formation

Comment by Si Donal on November 25, 2011 at 13:45

A very familiar view to me.  There was a WW1 Ministry of Munitions shell filling factory on this /SMJ joint line.  When the M40 was built a few old shell cases were found.  In WW2 the area was used for military training and an old conventor tank was placed here as a target.   The munitions factory had a rail connection to the LNWR Banbury - Cockley Brake Junction line.  This had it's own loco with a spark arrester.  I wonder how many trucks loaded with filled shells went to their destination via Towcester/Blisworth as an alternative to gaining the LNWR mainline at Bletchley via Buckingham/Verney Junction.

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