‘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 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

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 25, 2012 at 13:57

The noticeboards probably stayed headed LMS until the lines closure, they certainly did at Blakesley, my guess is eraly 60s judging on the advert.

Comment by Gary on November 24, 2012 at 22:26

The Brylcreem advert style would suggest 1950-60's to be honest.

Comment by NIGEL on November 23, 2012 at 21:32

Any date for this shot ?

The timetables are headed L.M.S. and there is a "BRYLCREEM" advertisement front right of photo.

Comment by Andy Thompson on September 4, 2009 at 9:16
That's a good point Gary. Every shot you see of the station approach is just this, towards the signal box if you're lucky! A shot the other way, with the signals and the Lucas bridge in the bbackground would be nice (and unrepeatable today!)
Comment by Gary on September 3, 2009 at 18:13
I don't suppose there is a photo looking the other way at all is there?
It would be nice to see the view from the loadinf ramp side but I really doubt such an image exists.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 2, 2009 at 18:06
What a fantastic shot of the station front! It's different from the Casserly one which is a little closer up and has less detail.
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