‘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 16 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 19 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 yesterday.

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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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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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