‘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 Barry Taylor on August 9, 2009 at 12:13
Great stuff Andy - that really puts the whole thing into perspective. Now all we need is a shot of the other side !
Barry
Comment by Andy Thompson on August 8, 2009 at 17:00

Side by side
Andy
Comment by Andy Thompson on August 8, 2009 at 16:59

Superimpose ancient & modern 2009 Andy
Comment by Gary on August 8, 2009 at 13:43
Comment by Gary on August 8, 2009 at 13:26
This picture I took in somewhere between 88-96 (see link) is looking from the other side of the road at the point where the lorry is.
http://thesmjr.ning.com/photo/a5-abutment-pre-tesco?context=user

Fantastic picture Barry, I have never seen a side view of this bridge - it has appeared to have been most ellusive.

Andy I have a comparison shot of yours & I will up load it very soon.
G
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 2, 2009 at 11:09
Barry

Those houses you mentioned were in Tiffield parish and formed an approved school for delinquent youths. It was always refered to as Tiffield School.

Dick
Comment by Barry Taylor on August 1, 2009 at 17:46
Hi all - well this one certainly raised a few comments ! I should really have been a bit more accurate with my description - when I described it as 'Tiffield' I was thinking of the few houses and school that are just off the A43 main road rather than the village of Tiffield itself . As you have correctly identified, it is the one halfway between Blisworth and Towcester on the A43 - according to my source of the photo it was 'demolished in 1966 and the embankments graded back' . Looking at the site nowadays that is quite an understatement !
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 1, 2009 at 11:49
Andy

According to the spreadsheet the A5 bridge was 12, the A43 one was 150. The A43 bridge was much more skewed than the A5 one. When the railway still existed the A43 ran on a different route from Silverstone village, through the traffic light comtrolled cross roads that still exists at the north end of Towcester's shops on Watling Street, joining the present route near the site of the bridge 150. I think north of the traffic lights it is still called Northampton Road and is nowadays the access road to Toby's estate. Equally confusingly Hulcote is sometimes called Easton Neston.

Dick
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:31
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:19

A map with modern overlay featuring location of bridge 12
Andy

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