‘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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SMJ Forum

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 11 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 Mark Reader Jun 11.

The Roade Connection 2 Replies

There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue

Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.

Stored coaches 3 Replies

This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue

Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.

Way in

Hi thereI hope you are all in good health.A question about passenger access to stations such as Fenny Compton.Apparently, these station buildings had no entrance doors and access was only from the platform side.I imagine passengers would come up…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Mar 29.

SMJ photos

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The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March. Although no scenery has been added yet, the track-work and electronics have been completed, so the layout will be operational throughout the weekend. We are still fact-finding, so would be delighted to chat to any SMJ members who attend the show. Details about the exhibition can be found at www.lwmrs.co.uk.

During our research we recently came across some photos taken by a lady who worked in the ticket office at Kineton, amongst which was this interesting image of a back-to-back snow plough. Given the amount of snow present, we think it must have been taken in the severe winter of 1947. Any thoughts?

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Thanks for letting us know Mark. Andy

There is a hint of L M S, or 3 cleaned areas, on the tender, plus the smokebox number plate does not appear big enough for more than 4 digits, which suggests pre-1950 (at the latest). Given the weather, then the winter of '47 is probably right.

Any chance of any more photos, from the collection and indeed of the layout?

Simon

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