‘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

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.

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Comment by Gary on August 18, 2009 at 20:40
Apparently (according to Branch Lines Around Towcester - Middleton Press - pic 17.) the new canopy was in place in August 1964 and made of white asbestos but no reason other than vn traffic is given.
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 17, 2009 at 21:24
This picture does seem to indicate the new canopy at the SMJ station, which appears to be occupied by parcels vans at this time. Perhaps surprisingly as this was something to do with the rebuilding of Euston (I think) which was over by 1967.
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 14, 2009 at 8:11
When D3059 was used on the pickupat least once it was allocated to Welligborough. I believe the 12000 series diesel was actually allocated to 2E.
Comment by Peter Fleming on August 13, 2009 at 23:17
This was the only diesel shunter I saw at Blisworth on the SMJ, but 1967 (not dated but early summer) would only be months before complete closure of the remaining stub to the ironstone quarry. I only went there rarely at this time.

I suppose a shunter could easily handle a string of trucks to the exchange sidings.

Before Northampton shed closed in September 1965 I don't suppose a shunter would have been seen as they never had any (although seemed to borrow from Rugby). I wonder where it came from? It would cause delays on the main line!
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 13, 2009 at 20:41

Good to see some pictures of the SMJ when it was working. I lived only a quarter of a mile from it yet only took one picture which is in this photo collection somewhere.( Super D at Blakesley)
I'm particularly interested in this photo of the shunter. Do you know if diesel shunters regularly worked at Blisworth or is this one of the rare occasions when one worked the morning pick up goods. I saw D3059, which is preserved somewhere in Scotland, at Blakesley sometime in 1961 and also saw a 12000series locoon another occasion and wondered if this shunter is in fact D3059.
Dick Bodily

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