‘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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A couple of tickets that I have found over the last few years.

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Comment by alwyn sparrow on March 16, 2013 at 11:39

My opinion on the Blakesley ticket is that it was unissued then clipped to prevent use after withdrawal hence no destination which would be handwritten in the foreign section. Just my theory Dick. Foreign meaning other railway company.


Comment by Si Donal on March 16, 2013 at 11:31

I cannot be sure Dick, but I believe that enthusiasts could buy any tickets from a station and the staff would clip them as proof that they had been sold.  If the stations were closed or closing, I'm not sure how accurate the ticket returns to Euston were or whether the money reached the bank!  That's how come there are so many Dog Tickets available!  This is based upon an article I read about an enthusiast special on the Melton Mowbray line.  As to foreign, I guess it was a first class ticket from Blakesley to any non LMS station.  It's number 29 and I cannot think that there would have been much call for them at all!  I am also fairly certain that the SMJ in the LMS period was latterly 3rd class only!

Comment by Dick Bodily on March 16, 2013 at 11:12


It's weird that the Blakesley ticket has been used and clipped but there is no starting point station named on it! What does (Foreign) indicate, I wonder? Also I wonder who would have been travelling First Class to Blakesley, perhaps a visitor to the Hall, although CWB himself would have been the late CWB by LMS days.


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