‘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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Watling Street Bridge

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 0:00 1 Comment

Ive been interested in the SMJ since I moved to the area in 1996. I have never seen a photo of the Watling Street Bridge, taken from the road and I wonder whether it was interesting or even of architectural interest. I assume it must have been large enough to allow buses and lorries to pass. If anyone can shed any light on this I would be interested.

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At 13:52 on April 14, 2009, Andy Thompson said…

This is as near as I get! Andy

At 13:50 on April 14, 2009, Andy Thompson said…
Hi Ian. Thanks for join up! Do you mean bridge 12 over the A5 at Towcester? Now you come to mention it, I too haven't ever see an image! SO THE QUESTION GOES OUT - HAS ANYONE GOT ONE???!!!

Andy
 
 
 

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