‘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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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 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 Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

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Wappenham

 

 

 

 

Blisworth
Towcester
Wappenham
Helmdon
Banbury


There were two stations on the Towcester/Banbury section, Wappenham was one, over a mile from its village namesake. Wappenham was a simple station with a platform and modest goods facilities. A simple structure, the station building supported two large chimneys, its had no canopy as such just a porch-like out-crop onto the platform. From Wappenham, trains rounded a long curve and faced a long ascent onto Helmdon

Wappenham opened to goods traffic in August 1871 and closed for passengers with the rest of the line in the early 50's.


These shots provide a great 'before and after' combination






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Comment by Dick Bodily on June 14, 2014 at 21:44

A cryptic clue designed to send a radio car to a particular village on Radio Northampton's 'Treasure Quest' today was ' A village with 9 letters; 1871-1951, between T & H'. I was driving at the time so Val phoned in to tell them 'go to Wappenham and that the dates referred to its station opening and closing and the T & H referred to between Towcester and Helmdon stations.' They cut her off the phone after receiving the message, later several others send in similar messages but for some reason they preferred Towcester Tescos, but eventually about half an hour later they decided to go to Wappenham after a whole group of ladies from Tiffield threatened to scream down the phone if they didn't.

Comment by Jane Harries on April 29, 2009 at 20:55
Hello Andy - another request - I'd like to use the text you put above the photo, too. I would credit you and give the site URL and name.

Jane
Comment by Jane Harries on April 29, 2009 at 20:40
Dear Andy

Thanks very much for creating this site and for John Cosford for the current photo. I edit the Wappenham Village Newsletter and would like to use the Station photo for our 'Wappenham Then and Now' section, and also put it into our website's collection of old Wappenham photos. If I find any more old photos of the line (or newer ones of the disused line) I will send them in. Nowadays there is a cattle shed where the railway was - not sure if it was the site of the station building in the picture - it's next to the main road to Towcester.

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