‘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' 

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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.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 14 Replies

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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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon
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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,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Goodman Apr 18.

SMJ photo on ebay - possibly!
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Just seen this photo on ebay:-…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Cullup Dec 5, 2016.

SMJ Rulebook
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I see that an old SMJ rulebook from 1919 went for £133 on e-bay today.Anyone on here the lucky purchaser?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Dec 26, 2016.

Corby Model Railway Exhibition

Just a quick note to let anyone who is interested know that my 'O' gauge model based on Blisworth SMJ will be on show at the Corby Model Railway Exhibition, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October.…Continue

Started Oct 2, 2015

 

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Jim Goodman replied to Gary's discussion 'Would the GCR have gone via Towcester?'
"Hi Andrew, It's always interesting to get a new, and different, view on an old subject. The only point I'd like to make is the unusually large gap between the buildings and the platforms, as seen in this photo by HC Casserley. There…"
Apr 18
Jim Goodman replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Andrew, Many thanks for your informative reply. I would certainly like to get hold of a copy of that copy of 'Model Engineer' you don't happen to know the date of it do you? Also I would be very interested to see a copy of the…"
Apr 18
Andrew Emmerson replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"It's a remarkably accurate model that was photographed by Henry Greenly and written up in the Model Engineer magazine, complete with a dimensioned drawing. He says that it was built originally with dumb buffers. Exactly similar wagons were used…"
Apr 17
Mark Reader replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim & Steve Apologies for not remembering that we had met before. I meet so many interesting people at exhibitions but I'm totally useless at remembering names; so unless I write it down immediately, I'm at a loss. I'll send…"
Jun 11, 2020
Jim Goodman replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Mark, We have met before, I've seen the Kineton layout a couple of times, very impressive merg electronics! I had a model of Blisworth SMJ at the Kettering and District model railway society, you may have seen it once. I have visited the…"
May 30, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Mark, Long time no see. I think the last time we met was at the NEC when you were operating Kineton a couple of years ago. My partner Jenny works at Kineton Manor. I will endeavour to get to the L&WMRS club rooms one day. The problem is,…"
May 30, 2020
Mark Reader replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim & Steve Welcome to South Warwickshire. Given that you are clearly keen modellers and that you have moved into the SMJ heartland, once the lockdown is over you would both be welcome to come across to visit us at the Leamington and Warwick…"
May 29, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, I will be moving to Oxhill just south of Kineton into the heart of SMJ country. Steve"
May 21, 2020
Jim Goodman replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Steve, Same here, just moved back to Leamington, to many things to do before I can work on model railways. Interesting sight, Warwickshire Railways, I look at it a lot, good section on the SMJ. Jim."
May 20, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, The DX is as yet unbuilt as i'm in the process of moving house so everything is packed away at the moment. When built it will be in SMJ livery and i'm intending to build stock to go with it. I had a look at Warwickshire Railways…"
May 20, 2020
Jim Goodman replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Steve, Is your ex LNWR DX in SMJ livery? There is an 0 gauge kit which I keep promising to build. The picture in my avatar is scratch built model of the SMJ's Bayer Peacock 0-6-0 No 14. Here's a picture of the cement wagon from a…"
May 19, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, I was also thinking of building one in 4mm scalefour to sit behind my ex LNWR DX goods No 7. Steve"
May 18, 2020
Jim Goodman replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Steve, Thanks for your reply, interesting you should mention that Bassett-Lowke were fairly accurate models. My initial impressions of early model railways were of rather crude locos, carriages and wagons but I have a book on the history of…"
May 18, 2020
Steve Johns replied to Jim Goodman's discussion 'EWJR Portland Cement Wagon'
"Hi Jim, It's understood that Bassett-Lowke models were fairly accurate representations livery wise. Steve"
May 10, 2020
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EWJR Portland Cement Wagon

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 as a Carette/Bassett-Lowke model of 1909. Carette were a German firm based in Nuremburg and did make coaches for Bassett-Lowke and, although they probably took the date of 1909 from the plate on the model, it also fits in on the time line.For your…See More
Apr 30, 2020
Jim Goodman replied to Simon Stevens's discussion 'Planning Application for Binton Station Site'
"It's on the market. I thought it might of cost a bit more that £185k. I've attached the details:- Binton Station Jim."
Apr 27, 2019

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