‘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 24 Replies

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

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Jim Brown Nov 23.

Warley Poster

Interesting to see Broom Junction layout photo on posters and adverts for the Warley Model Railway Show this weekend.Continue

Started by Dick Bodily Nov 21.

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Locomotive nameplates
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Hi,I'm working on a 5" gauge model of SMJ 16.  I'd like to make some nameplates for this loco and I need some details to make these as realistic as possible.Did any SMJ locos ever have nameplates ?…Continue

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Steven Saunderson left a comment for John Jennings
"I take your point about No 16 being camera shy.  There are two photos on the Warwickshire Railways site and it looks like No 16 became LMS 2309.  I've stalled on my idea of adding nameplates because I don't think they will look…"
Nov 29, 2012
John Jennings left a comment for Steven Saunderson
"Steve You have picked the one SMJ loco that seems to have the fewest surviving photographs!! I have long been aware of this and No16 was definitly camera shy. I can confirm the previous comments that no E & W or SMJ loco ever carried a nameplate…"
Nov 29, 2012
Si Donal replied to Steven Saunderson's discussion 'Locomotive nameplates'
"Yes indeed, the works plate is just above the centre axle on the outside frame.  It's quite small and does look like an oval access hatch!"
Nov 24, 2012
Steven Saunderson replied to Steven Saunderson's discussion 'Locomotive nameplates'
"On my model loco the oval Beyer Peacock plates are on the frames below the running boards immediately above the middle axlebox horn on both the engine and the tender.   On the only picture I have of No 16, it looks like there is an oval…"
Nov 22, 2012
Si Donal replied to Steven Saunderson's discussion 'Locomotive nameplates'
"Just checked all the photo's of No 16 in various publications etc.  None of the Beyer 0-6-0 or 2-4-0 SMJ or E&WJR Locomotives carried names.  I cannot see where the Beyer Peacock plates on 16 were fitted either so I presume that…"
Nov 21, 2012
Steven Saunderson replied to Steven Saunderson's discussion 'Locomotive nameplates'
"Thanks for this. I might look further afield (e.g. LMS) for examples. Cheers, Steven"
Nov 21, 2012
Gary replied to Steven Saunderson's discussion 'Locomotive nameplates'
"I am fairly certain that none of them were ever named."
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Locomotive nameplates

Hi,I'm working on a 5" gauge model of SMJ 16.  I'd like to make some nameplates for this loco and I need some details to make these as realistic as possible.Did any SMJ locos ever have nameplates ?  If so does anybody have any pictures or details of these ?  My current plan is to fit the plates to the sides of the smokebox.  Any details about the size of these plates and the font used would be appreciated.Thanks,StevenSee More
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At 8:38 on November 29, 2012, John Jennings said…

Steve

You have picked the one SMJ loco that seems to have the fewest surviving photographs!! I have long been aware of this and No16 was definitly camera shy. I can confirm the previous comments that no E & W or SMJ loco ever carried a nameplate although one of my notes of interviews with ex employees made in the 1960's does carry the comment that the name "Harvard" was considered for loco 18 at one time. Whether this was an official suggestion or just a rumour amongst the employees I cannot say. The SMJ minute books for the period are incomplete so we will never know. The attractive plates carrying the company initials and running number that appear on many locos are of course very distinctive and an unusual embellishment for such a poverty stricken outfit. To the best of my knowledge none survive with collectors. The worksplates were standard Beyer Peacock items and fitted as stated.

John

At 19:06 on October 30, 2012, Andy Thompson said…

Welcome to our merry little band  Steve! Andy

 
 
 

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