‘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"
I've been looking at the trackwork at Byfield station and it looks like concrete sleepers (late 50's). Would this be correct? If so, would the points still be wooden sleepers?Thanks in advanceCliveContinue
Hello All,I found this item on ebay, although it's a model, what I'd like to know is, was it actually based on the real thing? As you can see it has the initials EWJR and return empty to Ettington, which all fits in with the real world.It was listed…Continue
Started by Jim Goodman. Last reply by Mark Reader Jun 11.
There seem to be several big questions about the SMJ.Tiffield station: did it exist, for how long and where exactly was it?Why build stations at Salcey Forest and Stoke Bruerne, and why such substantial buildings?But the biggest one seems to be the…Continue
Started by peter fleming. Last reply by Richard Denny May 19.
This query arises from a discussion on another site (Disused Railway and Stations around Northamptonshire).There has been recent reference to coaches stored on the SMJ and a statement in Bylines March 12th issue that there were over three hundred…Continue
Started by Alan Brant. Last reply by Alan Brant Apr 30.
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.