‘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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Station Totems / running in boards

I look at the adverts for the railwayana auction houses and see various stations represented in totem form and I was wondering, how many of…

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Article in the Meccano Magazine (Aug 1956) describing the SMJR Railtour

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Charity Railway trips over unusual track

Colleagues, Apologies for a 'hefty' post that is not SMJ related but is for charity and surely of interest to any railway enthusiast! Some…

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Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

I have added a video to the site's video page. https://youtu.be/DHCoijWc_t0

Started by Graham Ward

0 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 g…

Started by Paul Stratford

0 Apr 23

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?

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 N…

Started by Gary

14 Apr 18
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

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…

Started by Jim Goodman

13 Apr 18
Reply by Jim Goodman

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse. Does anyone know how this was operated?…

Started by Barry Taylor

14 Apr 17
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

Byfield station woodwork colour

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonis…

Started by Clive

1 Apr 17
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester…

Started by Colin Franklin

0 Apr 16

Michael Mccarthy

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.

Started by Paul Loveday

3 Mar 13
Reply by Paul Dowding

Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and al…

Started by Dave Hayward

1 Feb 22
Reply by Mark Reader

Greetings from Bidford & a question re. Arrow river bridge at Broom

Hello everyone, I've just signed up. I'm a lifelong railway enthusiast originally from Dorset; my earliest memory is of being on the train…

Started by Simon Stevens

6 Jan 22
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