‘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 Si Donal on January 24, 2012 at 22:18
It was in the BRJ and accompanied the Towcester article. I cut and pasted it together to get it on one page. It really is a very long station! If you want a copy, I'll e-mail the scan to you or post you an A3 copy.
Comment by Andy Thompson on December 31, 2011 at 10:44

Long time no hear Si, I hope you are well and that you had a good Christmas break. Where did you get this from? It would be good to have a larger copy. Andy

Comment by Si Donal on November 24, 2011 at 7:13
This is the LMS era Rating Plan for Towcester Station after the rebuilding and the closure of Greens Norton Junction box. There is a mysterious addition to the plan. The looped sidings added to the North of the station building (in a field at the rear of the Hesketh Hotel and Cattle mart does not appear to have ever existed. Was this a proposal (there is a faint trace of another loop under the darker version too)? If so, what was it for? Cattle traffic? Or possibly something connected with WW2 traffic in the area.

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