‘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' 

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Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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1964 train register book from Towcester.
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I've uploaded a couple of pages from a 1964 train register book i have..…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Pike Feb 6, 2016.

Towcester Train Register Book
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I have finally located the Train Register Book from Towcester box... I'll upload more if there is interest..…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Taylor Dec 26, 2012.

Ravenstone Wood Junction.
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Hi All. I've joined up after an internet search looking for information regarding Ravenstone Wood Junction. It has come to light that there were sidings here. Did they link to the army depot?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Pike Mar 16, 2012.

 

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Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"There is not much written about what happened to lines after closure. I'd always imagined Blisworth being the point rails retreated to but Woodford makes sense. It was almost dead itself and lots of spare…"
Feb 6, 2016
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"Richard,  Between the closure and 8th November the track was being progressively lifted westwards from the Blisworth end by PW trains accessing the closed line by reversal at Woodford West Junction. The trains were hauled by…"
Feb 6, 2016
Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"The last entry is 8 November 1964. The later the entry the less detailed it is. Some entries have notes like 'materials' and the are other comments like Ravenstone Wood line."
Feb 4, 2016
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion '1964 train register book from Towcester.'
"Although official closure from Blisworth Ironstone to Woodford West was 2nd February 1964 it is believed that Woodford West pickups trains stopped running about a month earlier. 2-2-3 code might have involved collecting wagonsstored on the former…"
Feb 4, 2016
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1964 train register book from Towcester.

I've uploaded a couple of pages from a 1964 train register book i have..https://www.flickr.com/photos/32297024@N08/24706598791/What was the status of the lines around Towcester at this time? How far did they go? There is atrain signalled by the code 2-2-3. This suggests it stopped at an intermediate siding. Where was this?See More
Feb 3, 2016
Barry Taylor replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Dick Unfortunately I didn't record the number of the 8F - I remember it caught me by surprise and had gone under the bridge and away into the sidings, and I didn't bother to chase it down towards the station to find out. However, the…"
Dec 26, 2012
Dick Bodily replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Barry, Unfortunately I can't make out the writing on the log book photo. Did you make a note of the 8Fs number or more specifically allocation? All the track lifting trains that I saw were heading towards Woodford West and hauled by Woodford…"
Dec 24, 2012
Richard Pike replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"What was going on at Towcester around the dates covered by the register? Clearly the box is open for there to be a register at all. I have followed some of the days right through at it appears there are a couple of trains there at the same time. Was…"
Dec 23, 2012
Barry Taylor replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Thanks for this Richard - it's particularly fascinating for me as on 21st July that year I was at Towcester and took a couple of photos of the station. But more to the point I went to Blisworth one evening a few days later (27th) looking for…"
Dec 23, 2012
Gary replied to Richard Pike's discussion 'Towcester Train Register Book'
"Yes please. Be good to see such information. Thanks for everything so far."
Dec 23, 2012
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Towcester Train Register Book

I have finally located the Train Register Book from Towcester box... I'll upload more if there is interest..http://thesmjr.ning.com/photo/dsc02503?context=album&albumId=3138568%3AAlbum%3A43906See More
Dec 22, 2012
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Richard Pike replied to Paul Jeffries's discussion 'Ravenstone wood signalmen'
"There is some discussion here and a mention of another name.. You should be able to read the thread without having to register.. http://www.signalbox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3971"
Nov 18, 2012
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Kettering Jct., Towcester & Ashton signalbox name plates

"Lurking 'somewhere' in my collection is the last train register from Towcester box. When i find it stand by for a barrage of technical questions..."
Oct 31, 2012
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Kettering Jct., Towcester & Ashton signalbox name plates

"I can't help with the Towcester nameboard but i know where the rebuilt Kettering Junction box is!"
Oct 31, 2012
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Ravenstone Wood Junction

"The 'PRIVATE' sign on the looks interesting."
Sep 9, 2012

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At 19:37 on March 13, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Welcome to our merry little band Richard! Andy

 
 
 

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