‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

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Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

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Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

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I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.

Does anyone have access to, or know of a similar set of drawings of Kineton station, Warwickshire?



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You could ask the Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society. They're building a model of Kineton:


Hi Simon

Thanks for this. I certainly will chase them up. I wonder what period they are modelling? It would be interesting to know what progress they have made and if it’s possible to see the layout too.

I'm presently collecting rolling stock for a 1952-1959 layout (such as 40+ iron ore tipplers and a similar number of iron ore hoppers!) although Kineton was drastically changed from 1958 to 1964. I know the loop was extended in July 1958 and the goods sidings were removed between July and November 1964 from R.A. Cooke’s GWR/W. Region track plans (Section 29). ‘Warwickshire Railways’ says the last day of the Stratford - Blisworth pick ups was 7th September 1962 so the sidings probably had no use after that.

On the same site regarding the destruction of Kineton’s platforms John Jennings notes that:

During 1959 …... the former station locations at Burton Dassett, Kineton and Ettington had their passing loops extended and long & short token section instruments with greater operating flexibility were installed. The track was relaid with new heavy quality material for much of the route and the former platforms at the wayside stations were dug out and angled back in order to provide clearance for outside cylindered ex GWR locos’

I can’t recommend enough the ‘Warwickshire Railways’ website with it’s wonderful John Jennings' Research Papers and the R.A. Cooke GWR/W. Region track plans for those interested in the SMJR from it’s birth to demise.



I have one of the original station signs.


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