‘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

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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

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Comment by Dick Bodily on May 14, 2011 at 19:15


The line leading to the right was the exchange siding for tranfer of coke, etc from main line wagons in the E&W siding. It curved sharply right after crossing the station yard approach road and ended near the E &W siding buffers. A map in Bob's book shows this siding heading towards the main line signalbox as a result of some inaccurate information inadvertantly passed on to him by yours truely. I've since discovered the true alignment of the BMR from interviews with Bob Salmons who actually worked on the miniature railway (see elsewhere on this website). The BMR siding was hand worked in Bob Salmons day. I've also apologized to Bob Tebb for passing on duff info!


Comment by Si Donal on May 14, 2011 at 14:47

Found it!  This picture is in the Blakesley Hall Book by Dr Tebb.  It is much clearer in detail.  The date is quoted as 1905/6 because the track beyond the gate leads to the right which is where the original terminus was.  It has not yet been diverted across the SMJ access road to meet up with the Coal Road of the Goods Yard.  The man closest to the camera is standing beside the petrol driven locomotive Petrolea seen in it's original guise.   I suspect the picture was used to illustrate the new terminus building.

Comment by Si Donal on May 12, 2011 at 23:54
I'll contact the forum again and see if I can buy or beg a copy.  There is also one of a BHR train at the other terminus with Blacovelsey at the head.  I assumed that these were published pics but it seems not.  My copy of Bob's book is now on it's way ( I couldn't wait until my Birthday).
Comment by Dick Bodily on May 12, 2011 at 21:15

Never seen this one Andy. Should imagine it the same date as the famous photo taken from the station approach road as the same sort of activity is going on. This picture clearly shows how the exchange siding curved around beyond the road crossingtowards the SMJ sidings buffers. Bob Tebb would be really interested in this picture. I'll send him an email. The loco is Petrolia so my guess is 1905 - 1909.



Comment by Andy Thompson on May 12, 2011 at 12:59
If we can work out the rail company - we can crack it. I'll ask Dick.  Andy
Comment by Si Donal on May 11, 2011 at 22:32

Hi Andy,


Sorry I messed up the download for this pic.  I obtained the electronic version from a Vintage Photograph's forum hence the watermark.  No details were on the forum and I was able to provide them with details!  I reckon this is a E&W period picture.    The BHR looks new and the laurel hedge is still immature.  In LMS era pictures that hedge is a good 8 foot.  The colouration of the Signal Box and waiting room matches contemprary photgraphs in the books on the line of Byfield and Fenny Compton.  The fencing is not the slanted type that was fitted in the LMS period.  I am not sure if this picture features in the Tebbet Book on the BHR?  I haven't seen a copy but it's on my birthday list.  I am going to plump for Circa 1908 for a date.

Comment by Andy Thompson on May 11, 2011 at 14:59
Can we date this Si?  Calling Dick!! Andy

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