‘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"
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
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
I'm a modeller too. I think you're right, it's a rarely modeled line but I love these cross country routes. The S&D gets all the glory! The M&GN is another rarely modeled east-west line. I was very seriously going to model Byfield, it's the best small station on the line for variety and the addedd attraction of the quarry and Woodford Link. I just couldn't find room for the extra 2 feet in length that would do the station justice. I'm almost complete now on an 00 model of Blakesley in LMS days. If you look under "groups" on the banner header, that's where all the modelling stuff is stored on the site. I have plans of the station building, signal box and goods shed at Ettington that are identical to Byfield if they'd help you out.
I am essentially a modeller who became interested in the SMJ,via my researches of Woodford Halse as it is my (very) long term plan to model the station area in the future. In the meantime,I've just started a project based on Byfield ironstone sidings as I simply do not have space to model the station. Given the sheer variety of motive power that worked on the line in the 1950s/60s, I am amazed the SMJ is not mega popular with modellers.