‘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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Binton Station

As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue

Started by Paul Stratford Apr 23.

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 Apr 18.

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 Apr 18.

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 Apr 17.

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"Hi Andrew - not too sure how this should work, but I (thlnk that0 I accepted your 'friends' request recently! You wanted to discuss North End amongst other things? My email is barryr.taylor@btinternet.com. Cheers B"
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Andrew Emmerson replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"Jim, I totally agree that there was plenty of room for an extra track, not only on the down side as you point out but also on the up side, which was built as a siding on which the redundant Starlight Special coaches were stored in the early…"
Apr 18
Andrew Emmerson replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING'
"This is fascinating stuff. It's a shame that no photograph has turned up but hardly surprising, considering the remoteness of the location.  Assuming the gateman's lodge was constructed at the same time as the station, I think we may…"
Apr 17
Andrew Emmerson replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"The Northampton line was a fanciful notion spread in the early 1960s by a boy in the same school as me in Brackley. The so-called 'platform' was just a storage area used by the P. Way people and could not be reached from upstairs. The only…"
Apr 17
Andrew Emmerson replied to Clive's discussion 'Byfield station woodwork colour'
"In that case, the doors were BS381C 473 Gulf Red   http://www.gel-paint.co.uk/index_htm_files/BS%20Colour%20chart.pdf  The cream colour was BS381C 361 Biscuit (on the same chart).   These were the official British…"
Apr 17
Andrew Emmerson replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"It's a remarkably accurate model that was photographed by Henry Greenly and written up in the Model Engineer magazine, complete with a dimensioned drawing. He says that it was built originally with dumb buffers. Exactly similar wagons were used…"
Apr 17
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Which station was not on the SMJ network?
Dawlish
Which rail company became a constituate part of the SMJ?
The East and West Junction Railway

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At 9:35 on April 30, 2021, Barry Taylor said…

Hi Andrew - not too sure how this should work, but I (thlnk that0 I accepted your 'friends' request recently! You wanted to discuss North End amongst other things? My email is barryr.taylor@btinternet.com.

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