‘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' 

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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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Turntable at Burton Dassett
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As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29, 2018.

Kineton Station
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The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 1, 2017.

Kineton Station at the National N Gauge Show
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On 12th & 13th September, members of the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society will be at the National N Gauge Show (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa)…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Jan 15, 2016.

 

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Mark Reader replied to Jack Freuville's discussion 'DVD on the SMJ'
"Hi Jack I have a spare unused copy of 'The Shakespeare Route - The SMJ' DVD, as I had to purchase three from the supplier 'Wolverton Rail' to make it worthwhile for them to record new set of copies. Apparently the original…"
Nov 24, 2021
Mark Reader replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Burton Dassett Cableway'
"Hi Dave Eric Tonks included an excellent chapter on this topic in his book, ‘Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands, Part 2, The Oxfordshire Field’. Its interesting that while it appears on the 1888-1913 OS map, the aerial ropeway does not…"
Feb 22, 2021
Mark Reader replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim & Steve Apologies for not remembering that we had met before. I meet so many interesting people at exhibitions but I'm totally useless at remembering names; so unless I write it down immediately, I'm at a loss. I'll send…"
Jun 11, 2020
Mark Reader replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim & Steve Welcome to South Warwickshire. Given that you are clearly keen modellers and that you have moved into the SMJ heartland, once the lockdown is over you would both be welcome to come across to visit us at the Leamington and Warwick…"
May 29, 2020

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At 17:01 on February 26, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Mark,

A warm welcome to the SMJ site!

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