‘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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Comment by Gary on August 17, 2009 at 21:33
Changed a bit when I took this photo:
https://api.ning.com/files/gnu9fBvFRMWjZsVQqvpNQ6UY5NGnC1kqNNbEqiDN...*Fle1g4A0mq-eoBnYQwX5/TrackbedlookingNorth.jpg_Taken around 1987-89...
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 17, 2009 at 21:15
Yes the signal is impressive.

I remember there was a very tall one (lower quadrant, LNWR I think) at Billing on the Northampton to Peterborough line.
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 14, 2009 at 8:28
Nice to see a picture showing the old ( Midland railway style?) Up Home signal which was incredibly tall. It remained in use right to the end, the other home and starter signals were all of a more modern design by the 60s. My dad was in a wartime troop train which was held up long enough at this signal for a man working in the field nearby to run to Dad's home and fetch my grandmother to speak to her son. The only taller signal it the locality was the Up line LNWR signal at Banbury Lane crossing on the WCML.
Comment by Andy Thompson on August 13, 2009 at 21:12
If you follow this link Peter to a video of mine, the self-same shot (only on video) is featured there
Andy
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 13, 2009 at 18:16
Yes. It is back to back with the one featuring the station.

Peter
Comment by Andy Thompson on August 13, 2009 at 14:42
This from the station road bridge?
Andy

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