‘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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Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

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…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

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…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 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 Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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I have recently been transcribing the 1949 Freight Working Time Table for the SM&JR route  from copies taken of the volume in the National Archives into a spreadsheet, with the intent of merging…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Mar 7, 2016.

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While we were exhibiting at the Great Electric Train Show at Gaydon last weekend (10-11 October 2015 a former railwayman from Leamington Spa Station came and chatted with us. Amongst other things he…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Nov 4, 2015.

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Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 27, 2015.

 

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Nick Meredith replied to David Campion's discussion 'The Campion Family: SMJ employees'
"The National Archive at Kew has the staff record book from the start of the SMJ railway through to weeks before the grouping. It is a large format book so has to be viewed in the maps reading room. Each employee has a section of a page, with a…"
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At 18:30 on February 19, 2015, Jim Goodman said…

Hi Nick,

In the depths of this website there is a modelling section:-

http://www.smj.me/group/smjmodelling

I am responsible for the humble attempt at Blisworth SMJ (property of Kettering and District MRS).

A few members were kind enough to ask when it will next be exhibited. This year's show will be on Saturday 6th June at Wren Spinney School in Kettering - more details to follow closer to the time.

I hope this is of interest to you.

Jim.

At 19:17 on February 18, 2015, Dick Bodily said…

Nick,

I met Mr Reader, forget his first name, at MK Model Railway Exhibition last Saturday.  He was talking about a future pre WW1 Kineton layout, presumably this is the same project as yours.  Point is, he had tried to join this website but had experienced difficulty receiving some sort of automatic returned email message. I looked to see if I had received a request to join email from him as I normally would. If you know this gent tell him to reapply to join the website and there shouldn't be any problem.

Dick Bodily

At 17:38 on February 17, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Nick,

So there'll be plenty here for you to base the layout on!

Peter

At 14:29 on February 17, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Nick,

A warm welcome!

What connections do you have with the SMJ?

Peter

 
 
 

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