‘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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SMJR Logo 4 Replies

Hi ThereI’m planning to print some water slide decals of the EWJR and the SMJR in 4 mm scale.Can anybody help me sort out the size and color scheme?For the size; following photos, this would be between 3 and 4 mm in 1/76For the EWJR Garter I…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jim Goodman on Thursday.

Footage of the SMJR 1 Reply

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

Started by G Essex Random Railways. Last reply by Jim Goodman Jul 3.

Binton station plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

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A photograph on the section between Ravenstone Wood and Towcester - this is a shot by J E Kite taken near Roade, probably from the bridge near the white water tower with the Hartwell road bridge in the background. It is a Towcester Races special (St Pancras to Towcester) and is almost certainly on an Easter Monday. The loco is "3F" 3424 which was based at Leicester and Wigston in the late 1920s/early 1930s.

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Comment by Robin Cullup on September 9, 2010 at 11:44
Correction - the loco is 3474, not 3424 as I originally thought. This is more likely as 3474 was a Bedford engine for much of its life and certainly at this time - Easter Monday 1930 according to one informant. The engine lasted until March 1961, and no doubt worked over this section many times from Bedford.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 2, 2010 at 21:00
Very nice Robin! Andy

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