‘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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SMJ Forum

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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I found this on flickr and thought folks would like to see...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d1059/5670130373/in/photostream/

I noted from the train the other day you could see a slight embankment between the station site and the M40. I might have taken a photo, I cannot remember off hand as images are stored elsewhere.

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Gary,

The embankment of the LNWR line to Cockley Brake is clearly visible even today although the M40 bisects it.  The point at which the M40 crossed the line is the site of the WW1 Shell Filling Plant.  You can see some of the brick bunker walls in the fields either side of the motorway.  There is little informatin about the site in existance but there is a brief description of it in the Buckinghamshire Railway by Bill Bedford.

Si

Hi Si,
Yes I used to travel it daily and the Shell Filling site is indeed very clear and a fair size. I manage to post a picture a while back of the embankment from Southbound M40 thanks to traffic I just hadn't seen the view from the train for absolutely ages. Prone to flooding now though I noticed.
Will have to see if I can get a copy of the book so I can read more. Was it served by the line at all do we know?

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