‘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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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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I'm working on a 5" gauge model of SMJ 16.  I'd like to make some nameplates for this loco and I need some details to make these as realistic as possible.

Did any SMJ locos ever have nameplates ?  If so does anybody have any pictures or details of these ?  My current plan is to fit the plates to the sides of the smokebox.  Any details about the size of these plates and the font used would be appreciated.



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I am fairly certain that none of them were ever named.

Gary said:
I am fairly certain that none of them were ever named.

Thanks for this. I might look further afield (e.g. LMS) for examples.

Just checked all the photo's of No 16 in various publications etc.  None of the Beyer 0-6-0 or 2-4-0 SMJ or E&WJR Locomotives carried names.  I cannot see where the Beyer Peacock plates on 16 were fitted either so I presume that they were fitted to the rear of the tender.

Si Donal said:

Just checked all the photo's of No 16 in various publications etc.

On my model loco the oval Beyer Peacock plates are on the frames below the running boards immediately above the middle axlebox horn on both the engine and the tender.
On the only picture I have of No 16, it looks like there is an oval plate above the middle axle horn on the engine. It's faint and blurry so I'm not sure it's a plate.

Yes indeed, the works plate is just above the centre axle on the outside frame.  It's quite small and does look like an oval access hatch!

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