‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

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Banbury Merton Road Shed and Britannia Works Tramway 8 Replies

By any chance does anybody have a reasonable photograph of Banbury Merton Road Loco Shed? If so I would like to include into some private research I am intending to share with a small informal group of enthusiasts, it would be greatly…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Colin Franklin Dec 30, 2020.

Michael Mccarthy 2 Replies

I too have received this unusual email, I would think that it a scam. This is the second time I have received it and will always delete it.Continue

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Like others I have received the same scam message, my strong advice is delete it immediately and clear it from your 'recycled bin'. It will either directly contain a virus or a link that tries to get your money one way or another.Dave HaywardContinue

Started by Dave Hayward Dec 24, 2020.

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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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