‘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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The March 2012 edition features the SMJ (Towcester to Ravenstone Wood Section) as it's lead article.  They are also promising a feature on the Towcester to Cockley Brake section next month.

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This series is by SMJ Society member Barry Taylor who as well as contributing  a lot of info for articles on this website has written several very interesting articles about the Northampton area for Railway Bylines. Also due out soon, in June 2012 Steam Days is an article about Byfield and Charwelton Ironstone Railways by Rex Partridge.

Superb news Dick.  Looks like another good year for the SMJ.

Dick said:

This series is by SMJ Society member Barry Taylor who as well as contributing  a lot of info for articles on this website has written several very interesting articles about the Northampton area for Railway Bylines. Also due out soon, in June 2012 Steam Days is an article about Byfield and Charwelton Ironstone Railways by Rex Partridge.

Thanks for the commercial Dick ! The next part will be on the old N&BJR lines from Blisworth to Towcester and on to Banbury. Then either one or two parts to cover the 'main line' of the EWJR from Towcester through to Stratford and Broom Junction - depends how the editor wants to present it. Presumably in consecutive months, although you never know!

Hope that you all enjoy it - it was intentionally written as a sort of 'personal reminiscence' as I am also working on a more detailed SMJ line history for 'Railway Archive' magazine, but this is still a 'work in progress'

For anyone with interests in really old locomotives, Railway Archive should have an article of mine in the next issue - due out early June, but again up to the editor - this is about early locos on the Northampton & Banbury Junction railway, and is a sort of follow up to my previous one on the French locos on the East & West Junction Ry in the 1870's.

Barry

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