‘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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Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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 Simon Stevens on Thursday.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

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 whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 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 Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

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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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At 8:38 on November 29, 2012, John Jennings said…


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.


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

Welcome to our merry little band  Steve! Andy


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