‘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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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

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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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Coaching stock that had been stored on the SMJ Olney branch on Bedford - Northampton line at Hardingstone Junction in June 1960

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 18, 2009 at 16:02

48751 (Nuneaton) or more likely 48757 ( Rugby) are both candidates if there was a number taking misidentification, bearing in mind how some people write their '7's.

Comment by Barry Taylor on November 18, 2009 at 13:38
Hi Dick
My understanding is that the train originated at Northampton, rather than from the Midland line. I base this on a memory of the photographer (he's now no longer with us) saying that he had been told of the working and therefore presented himself at H/stone Junction accordingly - he would have got this info from the local grapevine as we knew one or two drivers/firemen at Northampton. 48151 seems to have been at Canklow from at least 1955 though to 1962 - although it would not be unknown for us to get one of theirs occasionally on shed. 48090 was certainly one of ours for a long time The other possibility is that its not 48151 at all - as I have mentioned, the photographer was not the best at keeping accurate records and we have noticed a few other bits of doubtful info in his lists and on the backs of prints.............!
Comment by Dick Bodily on November 18, 2009 at 12:50

Do you know if 48151 actually go from the Bedford line onto the SMJ at Ravenstone to fetch the carriages. I've got it as a Canklow engine in the Summer 1960 locoshed book, but the number's familiar was it a Northampton, Wellingborough or Bletchley loco at some point?


Comment by Barry Taylor on November 11, 2009 at 10:02
48090 and 48151 coming off the Bedford line at Hardingstone junction east of Northampton, with a full load of condemned coaches from storage on the SMJ Ravenstone to Roade section. Date ? June 1960

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