‘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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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.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 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 Nov 22, 2017.

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At 21:19 on March 11, 2013, Dick Bodily said…

Trevor,

I'm not a modeller but have visited The Woodford Model Railway Society's layout of Woodford on one of the open days held at the Social Club. Here's a link to an album of photos I took.

http://thesmjr.ning.com/photo/albums/woodford-halse-model-railway

Should I hear of any other such open days I'll put a meassgae on this website.

Dick

At 7:30 on March 11, 2013, Si Donal said…

Hello Trevor,

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.

At 13:38 on March 10, 2013, trevor hill said…

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.

 
 
 

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