‘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 Dick Bodily on July 29, 2009 at 11:25

Whow final proof, where did you find it? The view is looking towards Towcester from a point roughly at the present A43 / A5 roundabout.The road to the right was the old road to Greens Norton, now its the access road to the Tidy Tip. greens norton is now accessed from the roundabout. Tthe bill boards opposite for a long time carried the famous Keep Death Off the Road 'Black Widow' road safety poster. Seeing that lorry thundering under bridge, probably in those days with inadequate braking on what looks like a very wet road, reminds me exactly how dangerous this road junction was. Just behind the photographer on the A5 was a blind summit which added to the danger. Travelling on the Friday bus from Blakesley to Towcester Cinema my stomach used to churn as we pulled slowly out at this virtually blind spot with the 'Black Widow' staring down at our little Bedford 29 seater. the access road to the station is on the far right, with further statio area access via the Tiffield Road just beyond the bridge in its present location.



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