‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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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