‘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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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 5 hours ago.

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 8 hours ago.

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 22 hours ago.

Byfield station woodwork colour 1 Reply

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson yesterday.

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"Hi Gary Since these photos of Brussels airport are not SMJ related, do you wish me t…"

Jack Freuville replied Feb 16, 2020 to Aircraft crash

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"Hi Gary Thanks for this very interesting information. I read somewhere that followin…"

Jack Freuville replied Jan 26, 2020 to Aircraft crash

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"Thanks Simon I got confused with the other RAF airfield at Wellesbourne"

Jack Freuville replied Oct 8, 2019 to Aircraft crash

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"Correction:I mean a Fowler 3P 2-6-2T..."

Jack Freuville replied Sep 25, 2019 to Fowler 3F 2-6-2T

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"Hello Andy and Peter I read your E-mail with interest It is quite normal to pay for…"

Jack Freuville replied Sep 20, 2016 to Dear SMJ site member

4 Dec 30, 2016
Reply by Tony Goff

"Hi from Belgium I’m modeling the Fenny Compton station as well Clifford sidings in O…"

Jack Freuville replied Mar 9, 2015 to Model Railway Layouts featuring SMJR System

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"Hello Simon The drawings I have are:               EWJR loco 0-6-0 T Hope; without d…"

Jack Freuville replied Sep 8, 2014 to Locomotive drawings

4 Sep 12, 2014
Reply by Simon Dunkley

"Hi Jim Thanks for your quick answer. I do have many books on the SMJR and over 500 p…"

Jack Freuville replied Jun 17, 2014 to Fenny Compton

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"OK from me in Belgium"

Jack Freuville replied Jan 9, 2013 to Towcester Museum 100 Club

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Reply by John Evans

"Dick The info have is that this train was photographed on 24 July 1943 at Harbury c…"

Jack Freuville replied Aug 5, 2010 to US locos

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