‘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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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon…Continue

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Towcester Railway Junction Print/Engraving.

Tomorrow (17th April 2021) W&H Peacock Auctioneers in Bedford are auctioning two hand tinted engravings entitled "Opening The Towcester Junction Railway" and "Her Majesty's Return - The Weedon Station", and is Lot No 382 in Sale Room No 5 (5382). The auction starts at 10am. Their website is at: www.peacockauction.co.ukWas there a real life Towcester Junction Railway?See More
Apr 16
Colin Franklin replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway'
"Would the local authority Record Office have details of this system within its Archive Service?"
Dec 30, 2020
Colin Franklin replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway'
"Have you tried the Archive section on The Engine Shed Societies website as there's a photo of the shed."
Dec 28, 2020
Colin Franklin replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway'
"Good Evening Dave Go to www.disused-stations.org.uk ; and search for Banbury Merton Street station. There are two maps showing the layout of the Britannia Works as well. There may be a photo of the engine shed as well."
Dec 25, 2020
Colin Franklin left a comment for Sean Cooper
"That sounds a bit suspicious to me."
Nov 9, 2020
Sean Cooper left a comment for Colin Franklin
"No haven't got a clue, didn't reply at all, and he seems to have wrote to others as well. without giving a reason why. "
Nov 9, 2020
Colin Franklin left a comment for Sean Cooper
"I've had an email from the same person Sean Cooper. Who is he? Do you know?"
Nov 6, 2020
Colin Franklin commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"May I add another book entitled " Forgotten Railway Infrastructure 1922 - 1934" by Kevin Robertson, Published in 2017 by Crecy Publishing Ltd (ISBN 987190928723). Inside are photographs from the Edward Wallis Collection that show images of…"
Dec 4, 2019

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At 18:44 on November 9, 2020, Sean Cooper said…

No haven't got a clue, didn't reply at all, and he seems to have wrote to others as well. without giving a reason why. 

 
 
 

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