‘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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Newport Pagnell OO gauge - MK Museum

I've added this photo album for Jon , David and anyone else to see. As its not SMJR related I will delete it after a few weeks. here is a linkNewport Pagnell OO gauge - MK…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily yesterday.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 3 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 Dick Bodily on Wednesday.

DVD on the SMJ 3 Replies

HiI’m looking for a copy of the film “The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” edited by Hillside Publishing some time ago.This company is now out of business and cannot be called upon to get a copy.If possible, I would wish to…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Dec 18, 2021.

2F WDs working to Bristol 5 Replies

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop. Last reply by CLIVE BOARDMAN Dec 3, 2021.

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Hi everyone, I am building a model of Towcester Railway station in N Gauge, I was wondering if anyone had any details of the building itself( blue prints would be nice!)anything would be useful, photographs or dimensions.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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I think Andy may have some information as to sizes I believe.

I have no idea on the internal layout though.

I did start out to make an exact dimension N-gauge layout of Towcester from the Bridge 149 to just after the NCC sidings on the opposite side of the A5 - it was huge! Sadly it stalled and did not survive a couple of house moves. I think there are photos somewhere of the scale of it. Found them!

There is a modelling group on here and as you will see the pictures are in there.

I made a rude model of the goods shed a year or two back and spent ages looking at pictures and literally counting the bricks on them! I had to guess the non-rail side only for a short time later a picture turn up on here of that side and I wasn't too far out.

Good luck with your project.


Hi Gary

Thanks for the info, your project sounds almost identical to mine. I have only just started though. Living in Towcester it seemed the ideal thing to do. I will put some updates and photos as the layout progresses.

All the best


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