‘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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" I have found another reference to Morton Pinkney Gatehouse Crossing in Bill Kendall…"

Barry Taylor replied Oct 25, 2020 to MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING

14 Apr 17
Reply by Andrew Emmerson

"Hi Alan I was the author of the article which mentioned the stored coaches on the SM…"

Barry Taylor replied Apr 29, 2020 to Stored coaches

4 Aug 16, 2020
Reply by Ian Mathews

"According to the BR Sectional Appendix to the Working Timetables (Midland Div) for O…"

Barry Taylor replied Jan 29, 2019 to Line Speed

5 Feb 23, 2019
Reply by Peter S Lewis

"Hi Jim Unfortunately this is one of the few EWJ/SMJ files at Kew that I haven't look…"

Barry Taylor replied Dec 21, 2018 to The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour

14 Dec 21, 2018
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"Pleased to say that Vol 2 made its debut at the NEC Warley show on Saturday - and se…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 26, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Yep - noticed that Lightmoor now have it on their website, so they seem confident ab…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 7, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Not quite folks! The book was finalised in mid-October and my latest information fro…"

Barry Taylor replied Nov 6, 2018 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
Reply by John Evans

"Hi Mark Having checked my notes my main references appear to be from Eric Tonks, in…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 29, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Hi Mark I don't have any doubt that the turntable was actually provided. I have a fe…"

Barry Taylor replied Mar 20, 2018 to Turntable at Burton Dassett

4 Mar 29, 2018
Reply by Mark Reader

"Thank you Dick - that's a great review! It will be interesting to see what the vario…"

Barry Taylor replied Sep 23, 2017 to NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY

24 Dec 1, 2018
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