‘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.

SMJ photos

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Well we completed the tour with all station,s apart from Salcey Forest, and junctions, apart from Ravenstone Wood, visited.

We've covered some miles by road and a few by foot too.

I have finally managed to complete the upload of the photos from the latest one and that has been a task and a half.

In doing so I have tried to give folks the best of the tour and most if not all of the relics we found. As I said last time, we took nothing but photos and all we found was left behind for others to see in the future, how much will survive I cannot say.

By posting have we given certain people in the community the temptation to remove them? I hope not. However, if we have inspired folks to go out and look and explore then good. Post your pictures if you take them. Make this a living document of "our" line. 

We could have spent longer out and about exploring and probably missed some things but we had a good time and enjoyed it. We have memories that we will treasure and the thrill of possibly finding something new or of pinning down the location of something.

Line Tour IV for the last two bits will wait now until Autumn/Winter now as the undergrowth is now starting to bloom and grow making further exploration difficult/impossible. I will post any more photos I take of things I may have missed if I go out. A new twist for future line tours have been mooted and all I will say is watch this space.

As time goes on the line will continue to deteriorate and may our recollections and images help to record it as it was.

To my fellow "Tourists" and our ever suffering and patient driver I extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for helping me realise the dream and experience and sharing it with me.

ATVB

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Comment by Jim Goodman on March 14, 2011 at 21:23

Thanks go to Gary for the planning of the 'Line Tours', to Abi for the driving, and to Alwyn and Kevin for their company on the trips.

I have uploaded some photos of the remains of Salcey Forest station taken last summer. Even though it only had a passenger service for three months and completely closed about 100 years ago the platform is still clearly visible.

Jim.

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