‘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.


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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Olney Branch

The joint committee dicided to build a single-track railway line between Towcester and the Midland main line near Olney in an attempt to save the two companies. The line to Ravenstone Junction branched off from just north of Towcester station and ran through Easton Neston to continue through Shutlanger and crossed over the L.N.W.R. at Roade where a connection was made. There were two intermediate stations:

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Comment by Richard Woods on January 3, 2013 at 0:04

Unfortunately, the gate at the back of Coulthard Close was removed by the council in May 2012, due to saftey fears. I still look after the SMJ boundry fence, as it can be prone to vandalism, particularly during the summer months.


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Comment by Andy Thompson on February 29, 2012 at 23:38

Cant wait! Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 25, 2012 at 22:54

I've put myself  in charge of the up-keep of the gate since we rescued it in July 2009, and i will be taking my camera, so i should have plenty to show after my journey1


Comment by Andy Thompson on February 25, 2012 at 14:21

My brother ;ives in the Shires. Senna Drive. His son palys at the bottom of Coultard Clos (or somethng) on what was the Olney branch. You've got a lovely orginal gate down there, I have some shots! Dont forget to atke lots of piccys! Andy

Comment by Richard Woods on February 24, 2012 at 20:15

Okay, thanks. I'll be heading out that way on April 9th, i'm planning a mini expedition to walk on from the Permanant way hut in Showsley with my destination being the Salcey Forest station. I went out with my cousins on April 9th 2009 to see the Olney branch and walked from the farm in Piddington until i reached the station. I then discovered a railway chair on the bank which i took back home to where i live, in Towcester. I still have it to this day, along with other railway artifacts which i discovered in the forest behind Coulthard Close, The shires, Towcester, opposite where i live.



Comment by Andy Thompson on February 21, 2012 at 18:03

When last I was there Richard, the under pass could still be walked except for the land owners fencing


Comment by Richard Woods on February 21, 2012 at 17:56

Is the bridge under the M1 impassable?

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