‘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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Aston Le Walls

Aston Le Walls was a small platform halt 2 miles and 10 chains west of Byfield station. Very few images exist of the halt with its tracks in situ.The following shot was taken in the 80's and has been supplied by Barry Taylor The following map shows the line, the village but the halts location is not marked.


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Comment by Andy Thompson on January 3, 2011 at 12:16
Comment by Martin Broughton on December 3, 2009 at 20:33
Dick
The Halt was byfield side of the road bridge between Aston le walls and Lower Boddington. The OS map shows the word Midland which starts on the road I described. Imagine you were stood on the railbed at the bottom of the (i) of the word midland. The photo was taken at that point facing the downline towards Fenny Compton. The platform is Aston le walls side. The road bridge is obvious with the road falling towards Lower Boddington on the right. The picture is exactly the same today with the addition of overgrowth. The Road Bridge Number is SJT1 51 The siding would of been to the left of the picture adjacent to the platform and extended to the points some 3 chain the other side of the bridge.
Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:51

Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2009 at 10:50

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