‘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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Timetable from 1870 newspaper showing Tiffield as a request station

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Comment by Barry Taylor on June 21, 2013 at 17:17

I've always thought that 'stopped by signal' might have referred to a signal given to the driver or guard by the passenger, rather than a railway signal being used. However - it is interesting that there is a signal marked in just the right place near Caldecote Rd bridge, and I wonder if this signal is also relevant to my comment about the temporary block post?

I've got one or two other contacts who might be able to add something to all of this - will give them a try and report back after my hols.

Comment by Richard Woods on June 21, 2013 at 16:54

Good find, Barry. It's interesting that the timetable references a signal being at the station, and according to historical maps of the late 1800's, there was a signal post located just before the Caldecote Road bridge, slightly to the east, so this could help pinpoint the location of the halt at the Caldecote Road sight. Although, the maps are from 1885, which are 14 years after the station closed, but I shouldn't think the signalling equipment was reshuffled in the area. The historical maps list all sorts of things, from ground frames to signals to signal boxes, and even chains.

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