‘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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Comment by Andy Thompson on April 10, 2010 at 16:00
Duncan
I know what you mean! Still its been there this long... (anyway, they way a ton!)
Andy
Comment by Duncan Chandler on April 8, 2010 at 16:31
There are of course some other bridges that show where the signs were as the rails are still there such as the station bridge in Kineton. Lets hope its there for many years to come. Andy you are right of course that if someone wants the sign they will take it no matter what, although somehow it would take something away from the village as it always felt like i'd got home when i drove past the sign.
Comment by Gary on April 7, 2010 at 22:19
I have to agree - I was wary of mentioning it but I am sure people know about it.
Comment by Andy Thompson on April 7, 2010 at 13:00
Its a good point Duncan but if someone wanted to have it, no amount of fixings would keep it safe.. Andy
Comment by Duncan Chandler on April 7, 2010 at 10:51
This sign is still looked after, I just hope that now it is publicised no one thinks they can help themselves as it must be the last on the line.

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