‘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

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 Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:12
Are we calling it bridge 12 or 11? My notes say 12?

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 21:02

This map shows how skew bridge 11 was!
Comment by Barry Taylor on July 31, 2009 at 15:34
Just putting on another bridge photo - again a poor one, but I guess probably quite rare - I don't know of another shot taken here. This is the bridge on the Towcester - Ravenstone line over the A43 near Tiffield, looking towards Northampton.
I've also added a shot taken in the 1980's from the embankment end, when the road was only a single carriageway (although much wider than in the old shot !)
Comment by Andy Thompson on July 31, 2009 at 10:55

Has anyone got a 2009 version of this image so as I can make a now and then? I have this shot to link to the old one. Andy
Comment by Dick Bodily on July 29, 2009 at 19:50

You are spot on

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 29, 2009 at 19:41
Are we saying this is looking into town, ie station approach would be first left, Tiffield road would be second left (under bridge) and the Blakesley road is on the right?

Comment by Andy Thompson on July 29, 2009 at 18:28
Fantastic work gentlemen! This is the first image (side on) I have seen of bridge 11
Comment by Dick Bodily on July 29, 2009 at 13:30

No, I was wrong with Ferodo it was always Lucas, as I now recall. I was brought up next door to a garage where there were lots of adverts for car related products and also spent lots of time at Silverstone where there were even more large similar adverts including ones on bridges, hence the confusion. If you look closely you can see large bill hoarding by the Norton Road and I think there were also others on the Towcester side next to the Tiffield Road.

Comment by Barry Taylor on July 29, 2009 at 12:00
Hii Dick
Got it about 20 years ago from the Northants County Council - it's taken from a poor photocopy from their Highways Dept, hence the poor quality of my scan . I'm not sure whether there was a different advert on the other side - so some of the other suggestions (Ferodo etc) might well be correct, and of course they may have changed from time to time. I've always been surprised that more photos of this don't crop up - I've got a few Towcester Local History Society booklets, but there are none in those. Suppose it was just a bit too far out of the town centre?
Comment by Dick Bodily on July 29, 2009 at 11:26
Correction - station access on FAR LEFT! Ditto Tiffield Road

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