‘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.


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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All I just wanted to check with you all about our planned 2013 get together in May. Alwyn brought a little something to my attention. He'd noticed that the venue had changed, had a re-furb and he was, (quite rightly) concerned. I have just rung the pub and been reassured that nothing has changed and that they were looking forward to seeing us. Please, please come. I think I shall be driving up on the day (its only Devon!) and I would love to see you all. I have had a few say they can't make it, John Jennings for one - that’s for the email John. We've told the pub that there will be 20-30 of us. I have said mid-morning to early afternoon. I like to take a stroll over the Old Town station site after before I set off home. Come and have a bite to eat, and please come for the visit to the old station after - I feel a group photo coming on! If people are coming over from the Towcester end, or the Kettering way please arrange lifts, it will be great to see you all. Spread the word and put it in your diaries See you then Andy

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I so wanted to come and support but I will be on the GCR for my dad's retirement.
Most inconsiderate of him! Ha ha ha.


I'm out of the country but I see no reason why I shan't be back then.  I'll bring the Blakesley Model Layout with me if you wish.  Should be almost complete at that stage.  Will respond more fully soon.


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