‘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.

SMJ photos

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This picture postcard is attributed to F.Moore's Railway Photographs Date unknown.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on September 19, 2010 at 18:20
Alwyn
I've put this excellent picture in a new continuation album of everyone's pictures taken during working days (The SML Remembered (Continued). I don't think it is No 13 though, I think this is 18. 13 was the 2-4-0 'express engine' which was quickly replaced by Northampton's 'Jumbo' LNWR 2-4-0s in LMS days, this engine lasted longer until 1927. Interesting that it is attributed to F Moore's Railway Photographs as this firm was usually called 'The Locomotive Publishing Company'. 'F Moore' was a nom-de-plume applied to oil painted over photographs copies of which that the said company usually then published as a postcard series. 'F Moore' as a person didn't actually exist. The colourist was a man named Rudd. More can be found out by following this link http://www.steamindex.com/locomag/moore.htm.
Dick

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