‘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.


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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Karrier Ro-Railer. A working model in N Gauge, 2mm/1foot or 1/148 scale.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on October 21, 2012 at 18:48


When in doubt, do nowt, I'd definitely leave well alone as I think following the link to Andy's video you might well be right. The preface of the book would leave me to believe that his evidence mainly came from careful study of photos. The picture he used to illustrate the Ro Railer was the well known one of it emerging from under a bridge. I don't know whether he saw the Ro Railer in the 30s, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that he was actually murdered abroad sometime in the 80s.


Comment by Si Donal on October 21, 2012 at 18:07

I'm not one to disbelieve Brian Haresnape's expertise but if you scroll down the page to Andy's link to his Youtube feature, the rear mudguard looks distinctly darker than the body.  The wheel hubs look darker too.  I'll look at the other pictures.  I wonder if Haresnapes references are contemporary observations?  There's some excellent picture in the Jenkinson Railcars of the LMS book.  Not sure if I can respray the rear mudguards successfully without overspraying, I'll have to ponder that.  Cheers Dick.

Comment by Dick Bodily on October 17, 2012 at 19:33


That picture looks spot on apart from the wheels should be black and the rear mudguards crimson according to info in Haresnape's book.

Comment by Si Donal on October 16, 2012 at 21:24

Hi Dick, 

Thanks for that information.  I haven't yet painted the N Gauge one yet as I am still looking for suitable road wheels.  The 00 Gauge one has been though. 

I did paint the wheels red rather than black though.

Comment by Dick Bodily on October 16, 2012 at 20:10


I found these details about its livery by chance today in an old book in my possesion which I hadn't looked at for years ( Railway Liveries 1923 - 48 by Brian Haresnape). So just in case you haven't already found this info for yourself or in case anyone else is interested.... It was painted LMS Crimson Lake apart from its wheels and front mudguards which were black and its roof was white. It was lined out in gold and LMS lettered in gold serif letters, shaded black. I always wrongly assumed from photos that it was black.


Comment by Si Donal on February 9, 2011 at 20:10
Thanks for the comments.  Gary, a Banbury based company called Keyser or K's made an 00 Gauge model in the early 80s.  I have one and it cost me £30 on Ebay as a repair job.  The model is poorly and incorrectly detailed with poor fitting parts.  The motor and pick ups are not good either and I plan to re-motor mine with a japanese one.  Before I got the K's model, I tried to convert a diecast bus but the passenger doors beat me!  I always wanted to build an N Gauge SMJ/LMS model railway but I felt that I had to have a Ro-Railer to set the scene. The one in the picture is a conversion of a whitemetal bus with a lengthened japanese tram chassis.  When it's complete, I'll start a layout.
Comment by Gary on February 9, 2011 at 17:38

Lovely Si.

Would love to see some more please.

I wonder if they do this in OO?

Comment by Andy Thompson on February 8, 2011 at 20:55
Comment by Andy Thompson on February 8, 2011 at 20:53
Wow Si!  To think, it wasn't around that long - yet they made a model! Andy
Comment by Si Donal on February 8, 2011 at 20:27
Not been on the site for a few weeks.  This is why.  I know this isn't a modelling site but it is my inspiration.  I have some LMS era 4mm modelling complete too and I'll add those pics if there are other modellers on the site.

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