‘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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Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign

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Started by Dick Bodily Oct 18.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Steve Johns Oct 16.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10.

Aircraft crash 2 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Oct 8.

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Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?

The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown contrasts and were taken post passenger closure.

Given that there are B&W photographs from operational times which clearly show that LMS totem signboards were fitted, my supposition is that the stations may have been repainted in the late 1930s into the LMS post 1936 cream + portland stone + brown or green or red (brown option)m and until that repainting probably inherited their pre-grouping paintwork. From that point on I suspect they retained their LMS paintwork.

My question really is whether anyone has any evidence that either confirms my suppositions, or contradicts them? Is there anything that describes what would have been inherited?

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From photos taken in pre-grouping days, I have worked in the past on the assumption that they used the same limited weather-resistant palette as everyone else, and twenty years ago when building a small layout, I used brown and yellow with white window frames. This "felt" right, certainly for SMJ days. Early photos of Byfield signal box suggest a greater use of paler shades.
Follow this link: http://www.heritage-explorer.co.uk/file/he/content/upload/database/...
Or better still, this one: http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/BB9/BB98_0628...

Even if we find written evidence, we need to be careful - the are contemporaneous references to the darker colour used on the coaches being brown (per GWR), red (per Midland) or purple (per LNWR)!

I realise that this is not totally helpful, but unless someone has copies of the original orders, we may never be sure.

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