‘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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BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon.

Photographer TE Williams

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Comment by mike musson on May 10, 2017 at 9:02

British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92205 waits in the south curve loop for ex-WD 2-8-0 'Austerity' No 90201 to clear the single line from Stratford upon Avon on 15th May 1960. The south curve was opened on 27th September 1942 which immediately removed the time consuming need to reverse at Broom station, a practice which had occurred from the day the line opened in 1873. The Austerity is displaying Class H headlamps, one above the other with the bottom lamp in the centre of the bufferbeam. The 9F was returning to the Oxfordshire ironstone sidings at Cropredy at was carrying Class F headlamps as seen in image 'smj_brm395'. Despite its dirty condition, No 92205 is only a year old having been built by Swindon works in May 1959. As with most British Railways locomotives, No 92205 was to have a short working life being withdrawn from 56A Wakefield shed in June 1967 to be scrapped by Draper's of Hull.

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