‘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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Just published -

T.E.WILLIAMS - THE LOST COLOUR COLLECTION VOLUME 1

by Irwell Press - ISBN 978-1-9-911262-04-06  - £24.95

All are colour pictures from Tom William's collection - these fortunately did not go into the "black hole" of York Museum as did his black & white shots. Most are of Great Western subjects, but there is a good selection of classic SMJ shots around Stratford and Broom.

The notes and introduction are by the late John Jennings who passed away late last year and so did not see the book - but a fitting tribute to his contributions to the SMJ story.

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Barry

Have added this to the SMJ Books and Magazine Articles page. Very sorry to hear about John Jennings, the first I had heard about it.

Dick

Dick here is a link if you would like more information on John Jennings,

http://www.vertikal.net/en/news/story/26840/ 

Alwyn.

Alwyn

Couldn't get link to work, webpage expired message.

Dick

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