‘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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Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson 5 hours ago.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue

Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Jim Goodman 8 hours ago.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson 22 hours ago.

Byfield station woodwork colour 1 Reply

Hi, as anyone any idea what colour the doors would have been on the station building. I have a vague recollection that they were a maroonish/brownish colour, similar to the signal box.Thanks in advanceCliveContinue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson yesterday.

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Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during…Continue

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SMJ maps and booklet
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Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in…Continue

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"Me too. Email from Michael McCarthy etc. Deleted. Like the one a couple of months ago from someone in, was it Togo? How do they do this?"
Dec 24, 2020
Simon Dunkley replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Ah. I think we can simply make a friendship request. Most printers nowadays can scan to PDF, so you can do it that way: each page as a separate file is fine by me. As long as they are numbered, I can sort out order and orientation. Hope you are…"
Dec 17, 2020
Gordon Hopkinson replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Hello Simon, apparently we have to be friends before we can exchange messages. Yes, I appreciate it has been 3 days now since our last communication, unfortunately I have spent a little of that time in hospital, no, not covid, tho' we do have…"
Dec 17, 2020
Simon Dunkley replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"It’s been a couple of days, in fact 3, Gordon. I have PayPal: you can message me directly. (I live a country mile from the easternmost end of the SMJR.)"
Dec 17, 2020
Simon Dunkley replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Yes please. I would also accept a PDF copy, and make a payment to the SRS equivalent to purchasing the book (for the copyright) if he does not respond. I am not so much looking for the book, as the information therein. Simon"
Dec 14, 2020
Gordon Hopkinson replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Hi Simon, Thank you for your enquiry. At the moment I am waiting for a reply from Mr. Ian Wannell of the Signalling Society. He wrote to me on November 27th with an interest in the booklet and asked if I would accept a cheque from an English bank, I…"
Dec 14, 2020
Simon Dunkley replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Hi, Interested in the signalling book if it hasn’t already gone. Simon"
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working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight workings in about 1953 please? Many thanks for any timetable related info.Kind regards,Gordon Hopkinson. See More
Nov 9, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Hi Gordon, Yes I do live in the UK on the Warwickshire, Oxfordshire border near Banbury. Yes I do have a Paypal account so could certainly do it that way. As you say, the registered would be my option too. It works out at about £20. If…"
Nov 1, 2020
Gordon Hopkinson replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Hi Steve, yes I still have the map. I'm assuming you live in the UK, if so then according to the Canada Post web site there are 3 options. The first is regular International Letter at $12 or, ( my preference, Registered), which bumps it up to…"
Nov 1, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Gordon Hopkinson's discussion 'SMJ maps and booklet'
"Hello Gordon, I would be interested in the 48"x 191/2" map of Broom Junction if you still have it. Regards Steve"
Oct 31, 2020
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SMJ maps and booklet

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running west from Broom Junction. Over the years I have gathered some material to help with my timetable etc. My layout is not based on anywhere specific, just on paper. Needless to say I use "modellers licence" to its fullest extent. I have some items that…See More
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