‘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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Binton Station

As I was in the vicinity this week I visited my old stamping ground of over sixty years ago, the former SMJ station at Binton. The former goods shed has been demolished, 24 upmarket dwellings have been constructed in the old yard and the former…Continue

Started by Paul Stratford Apr 23.

Would the GCR have gone via Towcester? 14 Replies

Looking through Mac Hawkins book on the GCR then and now, he mentions that the GCR were thinking of running a line connecting Brackley to Northampton and had provisionally made a mound ready for a platform to be later constructed but they dropped…Continue

Started by Gary. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 18.

EWJR Portland Cement Wagon 13 Replies

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 Jim Goodman Apr 18.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Andrew Emmerson Apr 17.

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On 12th & 13th September, members of the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society will be at the National N Gauge Show (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa) displaying the plans for our model of Kineton Station. The intention is for the model to be ready for its first display at our own Club exhibition in March 2017.

As most of you know, apart from the bridge, the whole Kineton Station site has been obliterated by an industrial estate. Furthermore, the sad fact is that many people who now live in the area have absolutely no awareness that a station ever existed. Therefore, although construction of the model will start within the next few weeks, we will continue to carry out background research with a view to creating a local archive that will help raise local awareness and place the model into its historic and social context.

With numerous SMJ members working on models of their own local stations, the strapline at the top of this page "Gone but not forgotten - the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth" is extremely apt. We may not be able to bring back the line, but through our interest, networks and models, we are celebrating its history and keeping its memory alive.

If any SMJ members are planning to visit the N Gauge Show, please come and have a chat with us on stand GG, where you will be made most welcome.

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Mark

Can't remember if it was you but someone was after pix of Kineton. I put in a search for Kineton Station on Google  Images and there's one or two that are new to me there.

Dick B

Dick,

It was me rather than Mark, but we are working together on this.

Thanks for the response, I'll take another look through that route.

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