‘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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Although I'm not into modelling myself, I was thinking it might be a good idea if I put a page together listing existing and ongoing SMJR layouts as a reference source, a bit like I've done with books & magazine articles. I would include name of layout, club or individual owner, gauge and stage in construction. What do SMJR modellers think, would this be useful or not? 

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Good idea.

Give me the push to actually gat started building the model!!

Would be useful for exhibition organisers and to promote the SMJ.

I'd be interested to know how many there are.

One of the best I've seen is Towcester set in the 1970s. Yes 1970s - it's a 'what might have been' layout.

Here's some pics:-

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The Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society plan to create an N gauge model of Kineton Station, post 1920s. Lots of research is current taking place and the team are currently at the advanced planning stage.

I am also looking at the possibilities of creating an earlier (pre 1st World War) N gauge model of Kineton, but as there are no 'off the shelf' SMJ loco's and rolling stock available, almost everything will need to be scratch built, so plans for this are in the balance. 

Any images or info on Kineton would be greatly welcomed.

Hi from Belgium

I’m modeling the Fenny Compton station as well Clifford sidings in OO gauge

The period is 1920 > 30 allowing me to run the SMJR locos as well as the early LMS models

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