‘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 plans 2 Replies

Hi!I recently discovered this article on Binton station building in the now long defunct magazine ‘Model Railways’ from 1976. It includes a full plan which might encourage someone to model this simple station.Does anyone have access to, or know of a…Continue

Started by Martin Bromage. Last reply by Martin Bromage May 8.

Black & White photos of the SMJ 1 Reply

HelloMy name is Mick Baker and i have recently joined your society.A friend of mine Nigel Hadlow, has taken several thousand black & white photosof railways around the country.With a little help from me with my limited computer skills, i have…Continue

Started by Mick Baker. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Mar 29.

Station Masters

Stationmasters_Revised_January_2022.xlsxChris Hillyard on the Facebook Group "Railways Of Northamptonshire and…Continue

Started by Graham Ward Feb 7.

Does this show the Scratter at Roade? 4 Replies

A very short clip of a cricket match at Roade. A goods train passes. Could it be on the SMJR?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnPSvt-NEeIContinue

Started by Ron Johnson. Last reply by Chris Hillyard RVM Jan 21.

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Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?

The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown contrasts and were taken post passenger closure.

Given that there are B&W photographs from operational times which clearly show that LMS totem signboards were fitted, my supposition is that the stations may have been repainted in the late 1930s into the LMS post 1936 cream + portland stone + brown or green or red (brown option)m and until that repainting probably inherited their pre-grouping paintwork. From that point on I suspect they retained their LMS paintwork.

My question really is whether anyone has any evidence that either confirms my suppositions, or contradicts them? Is there anything that describes what would have been inherited?

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From photos taken in pre-grouping days, I have worked in the past on the assumption that they used the same limited weather-resistant palette as everyone else, and twenty years ago when building a small layout, I used brown and yellow with white window frames. This "felt" right, certainly for SMJ days. Early photos of Byfield signal box suggest a greater use of paler shades.
Follow this link: http://www.heritage-explorer.co.uk/file/he/content/upload/database/...
Or better still, this one: http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/BB9/BB98_0628...

Even if we find written evidence, we need to be careful - the are contemporaneous references to the darker colour used on the coaches being brown (per GWR), red (per Midland) or purple (per LNWR)!

I realise that this is not totally helpful, but unless someone has copies of the original orders, we may never be sure.

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