‘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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Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Nov 7.

Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Oct 19.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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 Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

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An original Kineton hawkseye sign repainted (owned a long time ago)

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Comment by Mark Reader on March 28, 2018 at 14:48

Thanks Ray

The paint scheme did look a little odd (hence my query), so its nice to get your follow-up comments. Even though the colours are a bit off, its still nice to see a photo of it, so many thanks for posting it on the site for others to see.

Comment by ray w on March 27, 2018 at 13:30

Following on I meant the black border looked original but he had obviously repainted letters in white !

Comment by ray w on March 27, 2018 at 13:27

I think I got this hawkseye nearly 30 years ago from someone who had been on one of the last railtours. The black surround and letters looked original but he had repainted the rest in non authentic beige colour .Assume they were all painted black and white towards the end but have seen a fenny compton apparently still in lms yellow. Sold it on a few years later unfortunately so don't know what happened to it. Just thought members might like to see it

Comment by Mark Reader on March 27, 2018 at 12:34

Hi Ray

As a resident of Kineton, this photo is of particular interest. Did you repaint it, or was it already done when you got it? The reason I ask is because I'd love to know how close the background colour was to the original. On the current 'mock up' of the hawkseye we are displaying on our LWMRS model of Kineton, our cream background is not quite so pale as that shown in the photo. You say 'owned a long time ago', do you know where it is now?

Regards, Mark

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