‘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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NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 13 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor on Saturday.

standard station design? 1 Reply

I have just noticed that Byfield and Blakesly station buildings look identical and also Morton Pinkney looks similar. Was it a standard design? Also can any one tell me where i might be able to find a photo of the non platform side i.e. entrance.…Continue

Started by Clive. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Sep 20.

Fenny Compton

HiI’ve just purchased the book « Track layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29” by R.A.Cooke and notice that on page 29/9 concerning Fenny Compton, he mentions a goods shed at the end of the exchange sidings as…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville Sep 6.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 7 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 John Douglas Aug 25.

Train Simulator SMJ 7 Replies

For those interested in the Train Simulator 2014 side of life... I've begun modelling the SMJ railway in the route creator/editor, using terrain from imported Google Earth and imagery of the line from the SMJ days. As you'd expect, the route is…Continue

Started by Richard Woods. Last reply by Bob hawes Aug 8.

Barry's SMJ book 4 Replies

I see an advert for Volume 1 of Barry Taylor's SMJ history in RM. Apparently it will cover the E&WJR and N&BJR period pre SMJ and is being published by Black Dwarf mid-August, cost &25 plus p.p.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Aug 4.

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Fenny Compton

HiI’ve just purchased the book « Track layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29” by R.A.Cooke and notice that on page 29/9 concerning Fenny Compton, he mentions a goods…Continue

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Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias
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HiI just found on Amazon Japan the book Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway by Jody Iosias. Apparently it’s worth around £ 30I’ve never heard of this book nor of the writer before.Is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Jun 24, 2016.

Locomotive drawings
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 Hello out there I’m looking for dimensional drawings of the EWJR / SMJ locomotives.I’ve already purchased those from the HMRS but there aren’t many and those from the Beyer Peacock collection at the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Sep 12, 2014.

Fenny Compton
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HiI’m modeling Fenny Compton station and am lacking photos of the following points of view:Up station throat including point N° 11 and Down home signal N° 2Goods yard access including trap point and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jack Freuville Jun 17, 2014.

 

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Fenny Compton

HiI’ve just purchased the book « Track layout diagrams of the Great Western Railway and B.R. (W.R.) section 29” by R.A.Cooke and notice that on page 29/9 concerning Fenny Compton, he mentions a goods shed at the end of the exchange sidings as from1902Does anyone have any information on thisJackSee More
Sep 6
Jack Freuville replied to Andy Thompson's discussion 'Dear SMJ site member'
"Hello Andy and Peter I read your E-mail with interest It is quite normal to pay for the costs of a club activity and will readily contribute but have some…"
Sep 20, 2016
Peter S Lewis replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias'
"The synopsis of this book..a new one to me(!) on Abe Books website is rather telling.."Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online"..and a look at an Amazon…"
Jun 24, 2016
Dick Bodily replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias'
"Jack Usually these so called books that Barry mentioned are simply copied entries from Wikipedia or even lifted from articles on websites such as this one. Often they charge much more, even £100 plus hoping to catch out the unwary.  My…"
Jun 24, 2016
Barry Taylor replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias'
"Hi Jack I think that this is just an internet produced re-hash of previously published material on the SMJ. If you have a look around (on Ebay in particular) there are others - I've seen "books" advertised on Ettington and Kineton…"
Jun 24, 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway Jody Iosias

HiI just found on Amazon Japan the book Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway by Jody Iosias. Apparently it’s worth around £ 30I’ve never heard of this book nor of the writer before.Is there anybody out there who could advise me on this bookJackSee More
Jun 24, 2016
Terry Dorrity left a comment for Jack Freuville
"Hi Jack, I've lived in Brussels since 1980 and am, also, retired. As I told you, I used to live in Stratford and took many photos on the SMJ as well as elsewhere. I've even had books published, one a bi-lingual one: "Goodbye Vapeur…"
Mar 12, 2015
Jack Freuville left a comment for Terry Dorrity
"Hi Terry Great news the SMJR has come through the Eurotunnel We’ll be seeing Beyer Peacocks  at Bruxelles Midi soon (:- I live in Rebecq 35 km south of Brussels. We even have our own narrow gauge preserved line which will start running in…"
Mar 12, 2015
Jack Freuville replied to Dick Bodily's discussion 'Model Railway Layouts featuring SMJR System'
"Hi from Belgium I’m modeling the Fenny Compton station as well Clifford sidings in OO gauge The period is 1920 > 30 allowing me to run the SMJR locos as well as the early LMS models"
Mar 9, 2015
Simon Dunkley replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Locomotive drawings'
"Jack, I think you have more than me, but we have some overlap between us. I used the dimensions from Dunn (later addition, as appended by Richard Allen) for Hope to come up with a pencil drawing of hope, using the photo in the same book to…"
Sep 12, 2014
Barry Taylor replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Locomotive drawings'
"Hi Jack I can help a bit on this- I used to have several drawing of SMJ locos back in my modelling days, but at least I have kept most of the references. LBSCR 0--6-0- There is a reasonable scaled drawing of this class in "Locomotives…"
Sep 12, 2014
Jack Freuville replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Locomotive drawings'
"Hello Simon The drawings I have are:               EWJR loco 0-6-0 T Hope; without dimensions from “A History of the Stratford upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway” by…"
Sep 8, 2014
Simon Dunkley replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Locomotive drawings'
"Jack, If you have the BP drawings, then you can obtain the key dimensions from them, and draw your own. This is useful as when you draw things like the boiler outline, the general arrangement drawing will provide you with the dimension over the…"
Sep 8, 2014
Jack Freuville posted a discussion

Locomotive drawings

 Hello out there I’m looking for dimensional drawings of the EWJR / SMJ locomotives.I’ve already purchased those from the HMRS but there aren’t many and those from the Beyer Peacock collection at the museum but they are too complex for modeling purposes and must be radically scaled downCould one of the SMJ members help a lone SMJR aficionado from Belgium?See More
Aug 30, 2014
Jack Freuville replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Fenny Compton'
"Hi Jim Thanks for your quick answer. I do have many books on the SMJR and over 500 photographs; unfortunately I’m missing those odd places at Fenny Compton.  I don’t have M. Christensen’s book; could you send me the…"
Jun 17, 2014
Jim Goodman replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'Fenny Compton'
"Hi Jack, Sorry, can't help you with any photos you are looking for, but good luck in your search. I assume you have all the books on the SMJ, I have one close up photo of the wooden waiting shelter on the up platform that…"
Jun 16, 2014

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At 11:49 on March 12, 2015, Terry Dorrity said…

Hi Jack,

I've lived in Brussels since 1980 and am, also, retired. As I told you, I used to live in Stratford and took many photos on the SMJ as well as elsewhere. I've even had books published, one a bi-lingual one: "Goodbye Vapeur Francaise", published in France by LR Presse, and others published in England on industrial steam in the English Midlands and the Ulster Transport Authority. I even had an exhibition of photographs held at the Berlaymont in Brussels called " Europe at Full Steam" in October 2010. So, you can see, I'm still interested in railways and, in particular, steam locomotives.

I was interested to see you were making a model of Clifford Sidings, I remember that area well as it was an easy bike ride from home. Another system on the way to Banbury was the Oxfordshire Ironstone which, I am sure you know, was the source of much traffic after the "new" curve was installed between Old Town and Racecourse stations. The subject of another book.

It would be great to meet. Perhaps I could go to Rebecq on a working day if that would be ok with you. It will have to be a bit later because I am going to be in England for a little while for my mother's 99th birthday. She must have travelled on pre-grouping trains! She wasn't at Stratford at the time, though!

All best,

Terry

At 16:27 on January 18, 2010, Andy Thompson said…
Welcome aboard Jack I hope you enjoy the site and feel able to contribute to it!

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