‘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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Locomotive nameplates
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Hi,I'm working on a 5" gauge model of SMJ 16.  I'd like to make some nameplates for this loco and I need some details to make these as realistic as possible.Did any SMJ locos ever have nameplates ?…Continue

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At 8:38 on November 29, 2012, John Jennings said…


You have picked the one SMJ loco that seems to have the fewest surviving photographs!! I have long been aware of this and No16 was definitly camera shy. I can confirm the previous comments that no E & W or SMJ loco ever carried a nameplate although one of my notes of interviews with ex employees made in the 1960's does carry the comment that the name "Harvard" was considered for loco 18 at one time. Whether this was an official suggestion or just a rumour amongst the employees I cannot say. The SMJ minute books for the period are incomplete so we will never know. The attractive plates carrying the company initials and running number that appear on many locos are of course very distinctive and an unusual embellishment for such a poverty stricken outfit. To the best of my knowledge none survive with collectors. The worksplates were standard Beyer Peacock items and fitted as stated.


At 19:06 on October 30, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Welcome to our merry little band  Steve! Andy


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