‘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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As a resident of Towcester it has long been an ambition of mine to build a model railway layout of the area.

A friend of mine George Woodcock and myself have constructed the boards, laid the track and are now commencing building the structures.

Does anyone know where i could obtain some drawings of Towcester station (Platform side) as it will only be a low relief model.

Also it would appear that Lucas bridge ( across the A5 ) must have been the least photographed bridge of any railway line in the UK, if anyone has any photos or know what teh colour scheme was of the last Lucas sign that adorned the bridge i would love to know.

 

The model is being built with some modellers license in the fact that it will be set in 1977 and that the line was still open and was a cross country route between Northampton and banbury ( the Northampton-Market Harborough line was still open at this time )

The layout already has 4 bookings for 2014 at exhibitions:

Warley NEC

Model Rail Scotland Glasgow

Stafford ( 1st outing )

Sutton Coldfield.

 

Many thanks for any info received

John

 

 

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I shall look forward to Warley 2014!

 

Peter

Thanks Peter
I will post some pictures on here soon.
John

If you contact the HMRS steward, Richard Allan, he will be able to help.

Hello John

I also live in Towcester and I am making a model of Towcester Station. Maybe we could get together and compare notes. My layout is N gauge and i am not planning to take it anywhere. Maybe you could give me a call on 07714495239.

Hi Simon, thank you for your reply, I will contact Richard.

Brian, I will call you later, I am out all day today, be good to discuss.

Regards
John
Have you gentlemen seen there is also a modelling section here too?
I did make a start on Towcester in N a few years back but I ended up scrapping it.

Hi John

 

Please give me a call, I would like to see what you are doing and compare notes.

 

Cheers

 

Brian
 
Brian Elphick said:

Hello John

I also live in Towcester and I am making a model of Towcester Station. Maybe we could get together and compare notes. My layout is N gauge and i am not planning to take it anywhere. Maybe you could give me a call on 07714495239.

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