‘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 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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