‘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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Footage of the SMJR

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

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Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

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Station Masters

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Typical west Northamptonshire scenery near Blakesley. The lack of towns and big villages meant a lack of business on the trains. It's easy to see this from the air, even when so much more development has taken place.

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Comment by John Evans on October 8, 2010 at 1:15
That's what I remember. I had to stay north of the SMJ as there was big race meeting at SIlverstone (probably the Grand Prix) with a big exclusion zone south of the SMJ. I have another picture of the samew flight I cannot iudentify - I think it was taken near Bidford. It's on my Flickr site (www.flickr.com/photos/the-evanses). Thanks for your comments. When I am home sometime it would be fun to take you on this trip.
Comment by Dick Bodily on October 6, 2010 at 18:19
Not 100% sure where this is, but think the road at the bottom might be the Greens Norton to Bradden Road as there are only two other places where the line is crossed by a road between Greens Norton Junction and Morton Pinkney and they are next to Blakesley and Morton Pinkney stations and I'm pretty sure its neither of these. I think you are looking toward Blakesley.

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