‘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' 

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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 5 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 8 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 21 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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At 13:27 on November 18, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Francis

Good to see you are getting involved!

Andy

At 21:12 on November 17, 2012, Peter S Lewis said…

On the S.M.J. by Freight Train. - D. A. Beacock appears in April 1956 edition Railway magazine, not in stock in the location I looked....

http://www.payhost.net/railway/acatalog/Rail_Mag_April_1956.html

Peter

At 19:46 on November 17, 2012, Dick Bodily said…

Francis

 

I think Andy (TFC) has read the article you mentioned, I haven't read it myself but would like to. It was written by the head master of Towcester Grammar School at the time, Mr Beacock. Here a direct link to the Books and Articles page of this website if you ahven't found it via the Index page.

http://thesmjr.ning.com/page/the-smjr-in-books-and-magazine-articles-a-list

 

Dick

At 19:27 on November 17, 2012, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Francis,

That's an interesting reference...

I don't have a 1956 Railway magazine...so I can't really answer the question I'm afraid.

But others may be better placed to give an answer...!

But I'll try to do some research on the subject!

Peter

At 20:48 on November 10, 2012, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Francis,

A warm welcome to you!

Peter

 
 
 

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