‘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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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 on Sunday.

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 on Sunday.

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 on Saturday.

Byfield station woodwork colour 1 Reply

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 maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson on Saturday.

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"Gary, The embankment of the LNWR line to Cockley Brake is clearly visible even toda…"

Si Donal replied Oct 17, 2013 to Banbury Merton Street approach from the air

2 Oct 18, 2013
Reply by Gary

"Oh, also Wombwell Main wagons for CW Bartholomew at Blakesley. "

Si Donal replied Oct 13, 2013 to Private Owner Wagons on the SMJ in the Pre-Group Era

10 Aug 25, 2016
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"Kelvin, Williams of Towcester also took wagonloads of Coalite smokeless fuel in the…"

Si Donal replied Oct 13, 2013 to Private Owner Wagons on the SMJ in the Pre-Group Era

10 Aug 25, 2016
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"I'll be there.  I shall bring the Blakesley Model Layout which will be complete on t…"

Si Donal replied Apr 25, 2013 to SMJ get-together 2013.

14 Apr 25, 2013
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"I'm drawn to the idea of the Stratford - Broome section.  A number of published 1950…"

Si Donal replied Mar 24, 2013 to Unidentified locations on the SMJ

1 Mar 24, 2013
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"Jim,  Thanks alot.  I'm pondering a model, mind you the junction is larger than it s…"

Si Donal replied Mar 16, 2013 to EHLR JUNCTION

5 Dec 4, 2014
Reply by NIGEL

"Andy, I'm out of the country but I see no reason why I shan't be back then.  I'll b…"

Si Donal replied Feb 20, 2013 to 2013 Get Together - up date, up date!

2 Feb 20, 2013
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"Andy, A donation is on it's way from me. Simon"

Si Donal replied Jan 15, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

27 Jan 21, 2013
Reply by John Evans

"Yes indeed, the works plate is just above the centre axle on the outside frame.  It'…"

Si Donal replied Nov 24, 2012 to Locomotive nameplates

5 Nov 24, 2012
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"Just checked all the photo's of No 16 in various publications etc.  None of the Beye…"

Si Donal replied Nov 21, 2012 to Locomotive nameplates

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