‘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 6 hours ago.

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 9 hours ago.

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 23 hours ago.

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 yesterday.

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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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