‘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' 

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Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

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Started by Graham Ward Jul 28.

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

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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.

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An original bridge plate from an underbridge to the west of BYFIELD station. These attractive little plates are comparatively scarce. I have only seen no 47 and 31 over the years although there may be others

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Comment by ray w on July 7, 2018 at 18:25

Many thanks Nigel for identifying exact location of no 48 bridge plate. These plates are unique to the smjr and are quite light for cast iron, possibly why many were later replaced by the lms or br type.  

Comment by NIGEL on July 7, 2018 at 12:23

This number refers to the Parsons Spinney Bridge on the Fenny Compton to Byfield section. An underline bridge of the 'occupation' type. No company markings on this type, but see Knightcote Road bridge no.64 plate - oval and has the distance in miles and chains from Blisworth Station.

Comment by Dick Bodily on July 4, 2018 at 10:20

This is interesting Ray, having seen your pic I remember seeing at least one of these somewhere on the SMJ, probably near Towcester or Blakesley back in the 50s or 60s and had completely forgotten about this type since. Children at TGS were sent on cross country runs which took in part of the N&BR closed line and we used to take a short cut along the still used Greens Norton Junc to Towcester section of the E&WR. We village kids used to wander along the track from Blakesley to take a short cut to Plumpton Wood or to walk towards Greens Norton especially if the Hunt were about. So it could have been somewhere thereabouts. The oval LMS replacements were much commoner, I have LMS 22.

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