‘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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Ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 is seen on a Class H through working with a train of steel billets near Broom

Photographer TE Williams

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:03

Ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 is seen on a Class H through working with a train of steel billets between Broom and Stratford. Allocated to Cardiff Canton shed at the time of the photograph, No 90201 was built as WD No 7234 by the North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow in October 1943. Later renumbered as WD No 77234, the locomotive was absorbed in to British Railways stock and renumbered as British Railways No 90201 March 1949 which it retained until July 1964 when it was withdrawn from 9G Gorton shed to be scrapped by Garrex Metals of Rochdale.

This photograph is available in colour in 'The Lost Colour Collection Volume 1' ISBN 978-1-911262-04-6 Irwell Press Limited.

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