‘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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Welcombe Hotel (Stratford upon Avon) Advert

My dad was rummaging through old magazines. This was in one of the old Punch Magazines. It's dated 30 Mar 1932, just after the Ro-Railer experiment.

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Comment by John Jennings on January 15, 2010 at 21:38
My full account of the Ro-railer is elsewhere on this site. It did not enter pubic service until 23.4.32 but it is fair to assume that it would have been around for training runs in the preceding weeks. The advert therfore just pre-dates the Ro-railer "experiment"!
Comment by Si Donal on January 15, 2010 at 10:40
There are also copies of a set of hand coloured or sepia postcards that come up on Ebay, marketing Stratford. If I recall they are LNWR so the SMJ would have provided the means to get there! I'll keep a look out for them again, and get a set if they're cheap enough.
Comment by Si Donal on January 15, 2010 at 10:39
Of course, go for it. I am interested into why this hotel was so favoured by the LMS, especially as they had a hotel chain of their own. Was it a formal partnership I wonder because that would justify the expense of the Ro-Railer experiment. Or perhaps just mutually beneficial.
Comment by Peter Fleming on January 14, 2010 at 22:20
I stayed one night at this hotel in about 1996.

I was surprised (in view of its railway connections) as to how far out from Stratford it is.

Comment by Andy Thompson on January 14, 2010 at 20:34
Vic We'd love it if you could! If that's OK Si? Andy
Comment by Stratford Bike Hire on January 14, 2010 at 20:11
Great picture. I know a couple of the managers at the Welcome, I will forwrd it to them. You never know they might be able to dig up something for you from their records
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Comment by Andy Thompson on January 14, 2010 at 20:02
The Welcome Hotel, originally built in 1866 is a very interesting aside to the SMJ story; being bought from the Trevelyan family, being tied up as it is with the Ro-railer which ran from the Old Town station to the hotel, all be it briefly - I'd love more if anyone has any

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