‘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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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 Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5…Continue

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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 also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

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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 from Wareham to Swanage. I see a few familiar names on here so some of you may know me from the Scalefour…Continue

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Model Layout


 

 

 

This is a model layout of the Towcester station site of around 1940. The model of Towcester station was built by Iain Rice in the late 60s/early 70s, for Charles Simpson. It featured in an issue of Model Railways, about 1974, an article which included a number of errors - such as the N&BJR going to Bicester!



 

It languishes in a store room in a Birmingham museum.


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Comment by David Blagrove on January 22, 2010 at 12:01
Hopefully the model will reappear at Towcester when the intended Towcester Museum opens. I alerted the Chairman of the Towcester Museum Society to its existence some years ago and, through the good offices of a friend who was one of the Birmingham Museum curators (now retired) managed to put them in touch. The said friend is now an honorary Curator at the Stoke Bruerne Museum and is well aware of the importance of this model. I have not heard much from the Towcester Museum Society recently, since Mrs Baker, who was a keen member and leading-light sadly died last year. however I am assured that the matter of the model has not been forgotten and is on-going.

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