‘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"
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
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for your interesting message. I didn't know that Harold Drinkwater was a signalman at Blakesley. During the 20s my grandfather must have worked with him as he was a PW man and brickie based at Blakesley station. I can't really remember him and your relative Harold must have died before I was born. I'm afraid I can't really help you much with further info about your relatives as I was very young at the time and didn't know them very well. They used to live two doors away from my grandparents, and a dear old couple named Tew lived in between. That's about all I can remember. The name Fairey is familiar as there used to be a toy shop of that name at Towcester and also there was a locally well-known railway photographer named Ken Fairey (any relation?)
I see from a comment you sent Peter Lewis that you have family connections with a signalman at Blakesley. I was wondering roughly when your father in laws' grandad was signalman there. I have done quite a bit of research into the railway at Blakesley including an interview for the website with Bob Salmons who was a signalman there in the 40s and 50s. If you haven't seen it it's on this website (you need to click on the 'History Pages' link at the top of the page. There's also an album of Blakesley photos in the 'Photos + Videos' section which you have probably already seen. I remember a family called Drinkwater who lived in School Lane in the 50s, there was an old lady named Bertha and she had two grown up daughters still at home called Grace and Joy. Perhaps Bertha was the signalman's mother or his widow. Both the daughters married, Grace married a man named Del. A different family of Drinkwatres kept one of the village shops.