‘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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Video: Stratford-upon-Avon to Towcester

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Started by Graham Ward Jul 28.

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.

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I'm working on a 5" gauge model of SMJ 16.  I'd like to make some nameplates for this loco and I need some details to make these as realistic as possible.

Did any SMJ locos ever have nameplates ?  If so does anybody have any pictures or details of these ?  My current plan is to fit the plates to the sides of the smokebox.  Any details about the size of these plates and the font used would be appreciated.



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I am fairly certain that none of them were ever named.

Gary said:
I am fairly certain that none of them were ever named.

Thanks for this. I might look further afield (e.g. LMS) for examples.

Just checked all the photo's of No 16 in various publications etc.  None of the Beyer 0-6-0 or 2-4-0 SMJ or E&WJR Locomotives carried names.  I cannot see where the Beyer Peacock plates on 16 were fitted either so I presume that they were fitted to the rear of the tender.

Si Donal said:

Just checked all the photo's of No 16 in various publications etc.

On my model loco the oval Beyer Peacock plates are on the frames below the running boards immediately above the middle axlebox horn on both the engine and the tender.
On the only picture I have of No 16, it looks like there is an oval plate above the middle axle horn on the engine. It's faint and blurry so I'm not sure it's a plate.

Yes indeed, the works plate is just above the centre axle on the outside frame.  It's quite small and does look like an oval access hatch!

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