‘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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Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Although I'm not into modelling myself, I was thinking it might be a good idea if I put a page together listing existing and ongoing SMJR layouts as a reference source, a bit like I've done with books & magazine articles. I would include name of layout, club or individual owner, gauge and stage in construction. What do SMJR modellers think, would this be useful or not? 

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Good idea.

Give me the push to actually gat started building the model!!

Would be useful for exhibition organisers and to promote the SMJ.

I'd be interested to know how many there are.

One of the best I've seen is Towcester set in the 1970s. Yes 1970s - it's a 'what might have been' layout.

Here's some pics:-


The Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society plan to create an N gauge model of Kineton Station, post 1920s. Lots of research is current taking place and the team are currently at the advanced planning stage.

I am also looking at the possibilities of creating an earlier (pre 1st World War) N gauge model of Kineton, but as there are no 'off the shelf' SMJ loco's and rolling stock available, almost everything will need to be scratch built, so plans for this are in the balance. 

Any images or info on Kineton would be greatly welcomed.

Hi from Belgium

I’m modeling the Fenny Compton station as well Clifford sidings in OO gauge

The period is 1920 > 30 allowing me to run the SMJR locos as well as the early LMS models


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