‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop on Friday.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

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 Oct 4.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Russ Firth Oct 3.

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The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March. Although no scenery has been added yet, the track-work and electronics have been completed, so the layout will be operational throughout the weekend. We are still fact-finding, so would be delighted to chat to any SMJ members who attend the show. Details about the exhibition can be found at www.lwmrs.co.uk.

During our research we recently came across some photos taken by a lady who worked in the ticket office at Kineton, amongst which was this interesting image of a back-to-back snow plough. Given the amount of snow present, we think it must have been taken in the severe winter of 1947. Any thoughts?

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Thanks for letting us know Mark. Andy

There is a hint of L M S, or 3 cleaned areas, on the tender, plus the smokebox number plate does not appear big enough for more than 4 digits, which suggests pre-1950 (at the latest). Given the weather, then the winter of '47 is probably right.

Any chance of any more photos, from the collection and indeed of the layout?

Simon

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