‘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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Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville on Sunday.

Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign 2 Replies

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Dec 21, 2019.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Steve Johns Oct 16, 2019.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10, 2019.

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Comment by Stephen on November 7, 2012 at 11:44

I think that this is a brick kiln.

Judging by the circular nature and the brick arches etc.

Great photo

Stephen Robbins

Comment by NIGEL on November 6, 2012 at 20:01

Note to self.......must visit this site soon.

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 14, 2009 at 15:40
Its fairly open Gary I'm crap at going in where I shouldn't and I went in! Fishermen use the flooded quarry pit so you might find peopel around. It full of stuff and lumps and bumps!
Comment by Gary on July 14, 2009 at 14:17
I will try to have a nose around. I love the exploring nature of old railways...
Is it open access or do you have a POC for permission?
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 14, 2009 at 14:00
Next time you are in the Towcester area, thge whole Easton Neston Quarry site is worth a look. There is a lot of the Llyods sidings still to see, the pit at Russia pit is now a lake and scattered all around are variuos buildings in various states of decay (such as this one). As to its original purpsoe - dunno!
Comment by Gary on July 14, 2009 at 13:56
Any idea as to what this is/was Andy?

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