‘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"
We have many unanswered and unanswerable questions regarding the Station site at Tiffield, but actually definitively pinpointing a location could be something for us to get our teeth into. A handful of photo's of the station site that we have on the…Continue
Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Richard Woods Mar 2.
I'm wondering if anyone can help me out identifying the colours of the water tower at Towcester Station. I found a photo on the Web a couple of weeks back but now I've come to share it with my father I can't locate it anywhere. If any one has any…Continue
Started by gillian tooth. Last reply by gillian tooth Feb 17.
Recently joined Rob Davidson asked me a question ' Did any of the SMJR stations receive BR style 'hotdog' totems?' My answer was I'm pretty sure the answer is 'No'. But this got me thinking about running in boards and station naming in general.…Continue
Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Barry Taylor Feb 4.
At Fenny Compton there is the unusual situation of a level crossing and road underbridge apparently fulfilling the same purpose.Does anyone know the precise sequence of events in terns of the opening of the level crossing and underbridge?I am…Continue
Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by NIGEL Feb 2.
Great to see that the story of Tiffield Halt has developed! Barry was mentioned at the very start of the thread that the bridge register document may have been incorrect, and it certainly seems to be incorrect given that there are…"
"Remarkable - he did mention a hut, but not what it was made of. If it was made of wood this would explain why there is no apparent trace left of it. Having walked this section late last year I certainly do not recall seeing any huts. The date of…"
"This is fascinating info Nigel. Seems to confirm that the Tiffield station site was in fact by the wooden steps and not further towards Towcester as suggested by the Bridges Register position.
Which makes me wonder - is that position of 2 miles 56…"
"Also of interest is that he states there was a passing loop between the footpath and Caldecote road bridge on the Towcester side. This footpath was also a farm crossing with gates, and mention of an accident here has been recorded, when a…"
"Having spoken directly with my old work colleague who was born in Tiffield, and whose father worked on the railway at Towcester, I can state that the potential site for the Halt was on the embankment but on the Towcester side. See map. The site was…"