‘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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Here's that train again, last seen at Towcester in Coronation Year.

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 17, 2009 at 17:22
Dick - you are 24 carat gold. Thank you very much for the info.

Adrian.
Comment by Dick Bodily on September 17, 2009 at 14:32
Comment by Dick just now CORRECTING PREVIOUS COMMENT

Adrian

I was completely wrong about it being Coronation Day. This and the Towcester picture were in fact of the last N&BJR train on Saturday 30th June 1951. It was much photographed with a Union Jack on the 4Fs tender (No 44204) but Jenkin's book states that the single carriage (M20264) carried a Royal Standard. Many apologies for leading everyone up the garden path with this by not carefully checking my sources. These are the only pictures I have seen of the carriage with the Royal Standard. Incidentally this is the other end of the coach from the Towcester picture so either there were two flags or more likely it was moved to the other end of the coach.

Dick

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