‘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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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 17, 2009 at 18:04
I have pulled the negative out of the file and can confirm that the closer from view of the engine clearly show shed code plate carrying the code '1E' I think that is Bletchley?? Anyway it isn't Chester nor Carnforth but LMR London Division. So - another mystery.

Comment by adrian vaughan on September 17, 2009 at 17:42
Well - that being so, it isn't surprising that I do not recognise the line. Needs to ask some-one from that part of the world. I have a chap in mind - started his footplate career at Wrexham - he might recognise. Watch this space.

Comment by Dick Bodily on September 17, 2009 at 14:49

I've found that 75034 was allocated to Chester in 1960 if that's any help. might explain the WR coaches.

Comment by adrian vaughan on September 11, 2009 at 19:12
This is NOT KIneton. It is a pair with the other one showing 75034. The signal box name is quite lengthy. I have tried enlarging at hi-res but the name is too far away and therefore too out of focus to i-d. Maybe some-one knows where?

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