‘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

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.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.

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"Not as dramatic from a railway point of view but very tragic, three USAF Flying Fort…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 27, 2020 to Aircraft crash

8 Feb 16, 2020
Reply by Jack Freuville

"Don, try these links to pictures well back on the website. The sign is in the bar a…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 21, 2019 to Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

2 Dec 21, 2019
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"Andy probably won't be able to make it. a lot on tomorrow Dick"

Dick Bodily replied Oct 10, 2019 to Towcester station sign unvieling

1 Oct 10, 2019
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"This is a new one on me, however a few were allocated to Bedford at different times…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 26, 2019 to Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

2 Sep 26, 2019
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"There's a photo of ganger  A Campion at Kineton on Page 94 of Jordan's SMJR book and…"

Dick Bodily replied Jun 24, 2019 to The Campion Family: SMJ employees

5 Jul 25, 2019
Reply by David Campion

"Interestingly the 1916 Appendix mentions the 20mph restriction at Ravenstone Wood ju…"

Dick Bodily replied Feb 1, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Gary, I should think that the unfitted nature of the vast majority of the freights o…"

Dick Bodily replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Barry is to be congratulated on completing his epic definitive work on the SMJ with…"

Dick Bodily replied Dec 1, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Bridge Number 14 There's a list of bridge nos if you click on INDEX link at the top…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 28, 2018 to Salvaged track bolts

1 Sep 28, 2018
Reply by Dick Bodily

"Have only just got hold of a copy.  Barry has done a superlative job of covering the…"

Dick Bodily replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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