‘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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SMJR Logo 4 Replies

Hi ThereI’m planning to print some water slide decals of the EWJR and the SMJR in 4 mm scale.Can anybody help me sort out the size and color scheme?For the size; following photos, this would be between 3 and 4 mm in 1/76For the EWJR Garter I…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jim Goodman on Thursday.

Footage of the SMJR 1 Reply

Hello, I found your forum searching for the SMJR. I've just uploaded a digitised version of old cine film footage of the line to my Youtube channel. I will be selling the original Hillside cine film soon along with a few others I've collected…Continue

Started by G Essex Random Railways. Last reply by Jim Goodman Jul 3.

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.

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Dear All,

Following a hunch that the Beyer Peacock record would be retained at the Museum of Science and Industy in Manchester, I found the following images. I am afraid I cannot show pics owing to copyright.

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13225" target="_blank">

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13246" target="_blank">

There are 2698 documents in their archive and I suspect it's a rich seam of research on E&W/S&MJR locomotive matters. Now can I persuade my boss to give me a week in Manchester?



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Here's another. An early goods engine from the 1881 batch.

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13206" target="_blank">

And here is SMJ 5 & 6 twins provided for the M&SWJR

http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=13249" target="_blank">

OK That is all the photo's - you know how it is once you start you cannot stop. The Beyer Peacock order books still exist and the company directors minute books too.
Hello Si!
Yes, these work well!! Thank you. The MOSI site is a veritable treasure chest....!
Hi Si
What a wonderful find - great stuff - there are lots of lovely old locos there !
For the real SMJ / EWJR loco anoraks (like me !) who search after the really obscure there are a few others worth looking at - the links below will show-
Front view of the Hull & Barnsley 2-4-0 that No.13 was based on - unusual to get such a detailed shot
Ditto - but view of the cab interior - again unusual detail
Crewe Iron Co 0-6-0ST of 1867 - the EWJR loco No. 1 for the broom line in 1879 was based on this BP order, so can be taken to be an example of what the loco first looked like
Swedish 0-6-0 BP order of 1866
Swedish 2-4-0 tank BP order of 1866 - these last two were the basis of the two classes ordered by the EWJR to start their own services off - but either never delivered or returned to the makers after a very short use by EWJR - and then sold on to the LYR
There might be other gems in there somewhere - must have a better look sometime later !http://emu.msim.org.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=11875

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