‘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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Model Layout


 

 

 

This is a model layout of the Towcester station site of around 1940. The model of Towcester station was built by Iain Rice in the late 60s/early 70s, for Charles Simpson. It featured in an issue of Model Railways, about 1974, an article which included a number of errors - such as the N&BJR going to Bicester!



 

It languishes in a store room in a Birmingham museum.


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Comment by David Blagrove on January 22, 2010 at 12:01
Hopefully the model will reappear at Towcester when the intended Towcester Museum opens. I alerted the Chairman of the Towcester Museum Society to its existence some years ago and, through the good offices of a friend who was one of the Birmingham Museum curators (now retired) managed to put them in touch. The said friend is now an honorary Curator at the Stoke Bruerne Museum and is well aware of the importance of this model. I have not heard much from the Towcester Museum Society recently, since Mrs Baker, who was a keen member and leading-light sadly died last year. however I am assured that the matter of the model has not been forgotten and is on-going.

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