‘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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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 Duncan Chandler on July 7, 2011 at 8:13
What a brilliant photo, are there any more gems like this of Towcester you have got to come?
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 6, 2011 at 20:45

Wow! I have seen images of the 'old' Lucas bridge, but this looks much newer! That sign looks as its just been put up. Anyone help?


Comment by Barry Taylor on July 5, 2011 at 9:11

All I can say is that it is probably 1960's (early) rather than 50's - the style of the sign also supports that I think. I've based that on the pic being contemporary with a few other shots that I have acquired over the years, that also have snow on the ground - and these are apparently 1960ish.



Comment by Dick Bodily on July 5, 2011 at 8:43
This a pretty useful picture, Barry. Any idea when it was taken as I seem to remember that at one time the other side of the bridge at least was black with white lettering possibly painted directly on rather than on a mounted board as here. The huge billboards can be seen, there were others on the other side of the bridge, one of which for a long while had on it the infamous black widow 'Keep death off the road' road safety poster as the bridge was a bad accident black spot as there was a blind junction for the Greens Norton road immediately the other side of the bridge which was made worse by a blind brow with no speed limit at all then to the A5 where the roundabout is now. 

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