‘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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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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This is on the Reading side of Earley station and quite close thereto. As you can see - it is a rather more eye catching beast than a Maunsell 'Mogul'!

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Comment by adrian vaughan on August 7, 2010 at 21:20
Hello Dick,
I'm not at all good at manipulating Steamtube.
Now - this HAS been rebuilt! There were originally 88 of them starting in 1883 as South Eastern Railway 'F' class. Designed by Partick Stirling with his GNR style round roofed cab, domeless boiler and 7' driving wheels. 76 of them were rebuilt under Mr.Wainwright and were known as 'F1' and that is what you see here. Only 8 survived into BR and the last was scrapped in 1949 and that was the only one to have a BR number - 31151. I do recall them for their 'Nelly-engine' looks and the springs above the footplating on the tender. There were also running on the SR out of Reading when I was small, the old SER 'B' class 4-4-0 which were an enlarged F1 domeless boilers. 29 were built. 27 of them later received Wainwright cab and domed boilers and had tenders with the springs below the footplating. So then they were class B1.16 survived into BR but only one - 31446 - ever carried a BR number. The B1s were also regular into Reading Southern. The last one - went in 1951.
The Reading line had some of the Wainwright 'D' class 4-4-0 designed in 1921 and I recall them but the D1 and E1 I don't recall. That's is not to say they diodn't come in but infrequently if they did. The Maulsel 2-60 were in place of the older 4-4-0 for the most part. I was never any good at knowing a 'U' from an 'N' in 1951 so beyond knowing that we had lots of those 2-6-0 I would like to say what type.
Comment by Dick Bodily on August 7, 2010 at 18:51
I think this should have been in Steamtube, but I know why you posted it. Thanks, its a lovely picture. Was this particular type one of the series rebuilt later by Maunsell as D1 or E1, etc? I agree it was more impresive than teh sort of motive power in use when I knew the line.

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