‘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"


SMJ Forum

Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!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…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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Can anyone identify how the junction between the SMJ and EHLR was arranged.  I have looked at the published photos but they don't show the whole arrangement. I  suspect that this short lived connection was not mapped but I thought I'd ask anyway.  Cheers, Simon

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Hi Si,

Is this plan of any use? The first Burton Dassett one of course.

Jim,  Thanks alot.  I'm pondering a model, mind you the junction is larger than it seems in photos. I'm amazed that a turntable features at the junction.  I did see a reference to one on the hfstephens website but discredited it as an error!  I am working on a terrier now.  Out of period for my LMS models really.  Thanks for going to such effort.  Si

Interesting to note that both the E.H.L.R. and the aerial ropeway are BOTH shown on the first plan of Burton Dassett junction. The aerial ropeway had, according to Tonks, closed by 1921 and equipment removed post 1929. The E.H.L.R. opened in 1922 and closed in 1925, can we surmise a date for the track plan ?

Hi Nigel,

M Christensen's booklet has it that the EHLR was constructed in 1919, Arthur Jordan states it was opened for traffic in 1920 and both agree that it was closed in 1925. The aerial rope-way finally closed in 1921, so I'll plump for a date of 1920/21 for the track plan.

Incidentally, like Alwyn, I was looking around the EHLR site in the early 70's and saw plenty of evidence of the railway - track, wire ropes, wheels, and the course of the line could clearly be seen. Sadly I never took any photos nor took any mementos.


Sounds about right for the track plan, although I disagree with the date of 1920 for the opening of traffic on this line. See map below dated 1920 for this 'MINERAL LINE UNDER CONSTRUCTION'. The area shown is part of the rope worked incline, the double track loop, I believe.

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