‘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 22 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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Steam collection at Binton

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Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 7:07

This may work better 

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1882493,-1.8649743,17.46z

By the side of the B49 

Comment by Stuart John Dodd on January 29, 2018 at 6:54

Some of the ploughing engines survive,

https://www.google.fr/maps/@52.1878642,-1.8645735,3a,60y,12.11h,90t...!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4OuJRLgUSVsK5pOe0Tipow!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Comment by Dick Bodily on August 31, 2017 at 14:25

It must have been taken pre 1960 south link put in at Stratford. 48204 would have either have been allocated to Toton (18A) or Westhouses (18B) then, looks like the latter as far as I can make out. Either would not have been that usual I would have thought at Binton, looks like iron ore wagons, possibly from the Oxfordshire Iron Ore workings joining the SMJ at Fenny Compton. Also looks as if the crane is either installing or lifting a diesel engine to (or from) the Fowler ploughing engine. The engines belonged to Bomford & Carr who did a lot of dredging with ploughing engines.

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