‘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.

SMJ photos

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Hi everyone. I have just joined. I live in Pasadena, California, but for many years I lived in Northamptonshire. Not sure whether this is useful to you guys, but stored away in the UK I have dozens of color slides taken when I walked the SMJ (over several days) witha friend named Bryan Jeyes. We both took many photos. I also have pictures of Blisworth Mines steam locos at work, Towcester station (in black and white) and detailed notes of the whole route, including both Banbury and Blisworth lines, made just as the lines were demolished. I have often wondered whether these pictures would be of interest. No trains, by the way, just stations, bridges, signal boxes etc. I have also posted on my Flickr site an aerial view of some of the route (www.flickr.com/photos/the-evanses) and go to SETS and "flying". I hope this is the right place for this information.

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Yes yes yes!! John (please!)

Andy
Bryan Jeyes? Any relation to Maurice?

Andy

Hello John

 

Great photos!!!

 

I am making a N gauge model of Towcester station, do you have any pictures of the Lucas bridge in your collection? There seems to be a shortage.

 

All the best

 

Brian

Hi Brian 

Great to hear from you. Photos of the bridge are very rare and I stupidly only photographed it from the platform level. I have several (all?) the SMJ books and it does not appear in any of them. Best to try the Towcester and District Historical Society. They have a decent archive of stuff.

John

Hi Brian & John

I just have one decent photo of the 'Lucas' bridge'  - unfortunately not taken from road level, but it nevertheless does show the 'road' side to some extent, particularly the advert.

Hope this helps

regards

Barry

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brian

Presumably you've seen the picture in Andy TFC's Towcester 'Album' on this website. If not follow the 'SMJ Photos' link at the top of the page, then 'All albums' link. Its obn one of the early pages of albums Page 5 it should be or there abouts.

Dick 

Brian Elphick said:

Hello John

 

Great photos!!!

 

I am making a N gauge model of Towcester station, do you have any pictures of the Lucas bridge in your collection? There seems to be a shortage.

 

All the best

 

Brian

Hello Barry

 

Thanks for that this is the best photo so far.

 

Regards

 

Brian

Barry Taylor said:

Hi Brian & John

I just have one decent photo of the 'Lucas' bridge'  - unfortunately not taken from road level, but it nevertheless does show the 'road' side to some extent, particularly the advert.

Hope this helps

regards

Barry

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