‘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.

SMJ photos

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Just seen this photo on ebay:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332048157752?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649...

Not a location, or vehicle, I recognise. I can see a diamond shape cast iron sign on the bridge that looks familiar. Any thoughts?

Jim.

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If you look at the back of the postcard it states ' Kinnerley Junction  S & M Jn Rly.'

This is on the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway.........sorry to disappoint, but it does have a connection with the SMJR......Colonel Stephens !!!

Thanks Nigel, I didn't see the reverse photo. I knew it wasn't our railway though, I'll let them know.

Jim.

The group photo at Burton Dassett, with Bridge 66 over the single line track and siding, is interesting.

Although not dated the bridge looks to have been rebuilt as the brickwork seems new.

Note the weeds in the siding area, and the old diamond sign near the bridge.

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Bridge 66 group photo at Burton Dassett on ebay



NIGEL said:

The group photo at Burton Dassett, with Bridge 66 over the single line track and siding, is interesting.

Although not dated the bridge looks to have been rebuilt as the brickwork seems new.

Note the weeds in the siding area, and the old diamond sign near the bridge.

This train with reporting number W710 was a special run by the Birmingham Locomotive Club on 14.7.1951 and the loco was "4F" 44057. The route was B'ham New St - Northampton - Olney (reverse) - SMJ to Towcester - Woodford Halse (two reversals), then Stratford, Broom Jcn and New St.  

There were photo-stops at various locations as well as a visit to Woodford Halse shed. Quite a trip.

Robin Cullup

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