‘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 Aug 4.

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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My dad was rummaging through old magazines. This was in one of the old Punch Magazines. It's dated 30 Mar 1932, just after the Ro-Railer experiment.

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Comment by John Jennings on January 15, 2010 at 21:38
My full account of the Ro-railer is elsewhere on this site. It did not enter pubic service until 23.4.32 but it is fair to assume that it would have been around for training runs in the preceding weeks. The advert therfore just pre-dates the Ro-railer "experiment"!
Comment by Si Donal on January 15, 2010 at 10:40
There are also copies of a set of hand coloured or sepia postcards that come up on Ebay, marketing Stratford. If I recall they are LNWR so the SMJ would have provided the means to get there! I'll keep a look out for them again, and get a set if they're cheap enough.
Comment by Si Donal on January 15, 2010 at 10:39
Of course, go for it. I am interested into why this hotel was so favoured by the LMS, especially as they had a hotel chain of their own. Was it a formal partnership I wonder because that would justify the expense of the Ro-Railer experiment. Or perhaps just mutually beneficial.
Comment by Peter Fleming on January 14, 2010 at 22:20
I stayed one night at this hotel in about 1996.

I was surprised (in view of its railway connections) as to how far out from Stratford it is.

Comment by Andy Thompson on January 14, 2010 at 20:34
Vic We'd love it if you could! If that's OK Si? Andy
Comment by Stratford Bike Hire on January 14, 2010 at 20:11
Great picture. I know a couple of the managers at the Welcome, I will forwrd it to them. You never know they might be able to dig up something for you from their records
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Comment by Andy Thompson on January 14, 2010 at 20:02
The Welcome Hotel, originally built in 1866 is a very interesting aside to the SMJ story; being bought from the Trevelyan family, being tied up as it is with the Ro-railer which ran from the Old Town station to the hotel, all be it briefly - I'd love more if anyone has any

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