‘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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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.


There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.

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The caption sticker is missing from this picture, taken on July 17 1966 and I think it must be at Stratford. My memory is a blank - can anyone help?(Now we know it is the SMJ north spur to Old Town station seen from the Great Western line.) The line to Broom went just to the far side of those apartment blocks.

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Comment by Anthony W Hartley on October 19, 2016 at 15:58

Taken from the Sanctus road bridge looking South. both sides are now built up, the road now is where the main track veers to the right. The road shown in the pic is now a side road (Sandfield road)

Comment by John Evans on January 7, 2013 at 5:55

Hi Barry

Thanks very much for clearing this up for me. I now know exactly the spot, although I still cannot remember taking the picture. Still, it was 46 years ago!


Comment by Barry Taylor on January 6, 2013 at 15:41

This is definitely Stratford - view is from the Sanctus Road bridge looking along the GW line towards the old Racecourse platform. At that date I think that there was still just about a passenger service along there - I seem to remember going to Worcester that way around then. The SMJ spur off to the left to Old Town station looks as though it has been lifted with just the points left in. You can still stand on the bridge today but there are roads instead of rails below!

Comment by Gary on January 5, 2013 at 11:13

It does look like Stratford

EDIT: The buildings on the right look similar to those in the distance on one of your other shops. If this is the case then the remains of the station is off to the left. I think these buildings are on the Broom line formation or very closely abutted to it.

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