‘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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Between Towcester and Tiffield SMJ Bridge over A43

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Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:30

Here is a pre 1900 map featuring both the Lloyds sidings and the 'new' Olney branch including the above bridge (150?)
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:14
And is this bridge 150? Bridge 140 is the Tiffield road bridge at the Olney Junction east of Towcester station

Andy
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:09
A43 map, Easton Neston bridge with modern overlay

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 20:58

Is this the bridge?
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 20:21
...this isn't the A43 near Easton Neston?

A
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 20:20
Talk to me guys! Which bridge where? Which side of bridge 149 (the one at the Olney Junction) is this one?

Andy
Comment by Dick Bodily on July 31, 2009 at 19:34
Once the line closed they stored wagons along this section, you could see them on the bridge as you passed underneath on the A43.

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