‘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 Barry Taylor on May 15, 2018 at 19:25

First one that I have seen with connections at Fenny C too - they were certainly not shown in 1874, but the EWJR were on very poor terms with the GWR at that time owing to the disputes over iron ore rates. Interestingly in May 1875 the EWJR then had some bad press in the Leamington newspaper about the poor connections at Fenny Compton onto GW line trains. What actual date was this ttable Graham - was it later in the year I wonder?

Secondly - and once again - there is no mention of North End as a stopping place, even though it was apparently open at that time according to Bradshaw. I am still yet to see a mention of North End (or Warwick Road) in an official railway company timetable - the mystery continues!

Comment by Jim Goodman on May 7, 2018 at 19:44

Hi Graham,

Thank you for posting, I don't think I've seen this timetable before. What's interesting is the connections at Fenny Compton, never seen any advertised there before, that's why I'm certain I've never seen it! Always thought more could have been made of that.

Jim.

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