‘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.

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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Turntable at Burton Dassett
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As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29, 2018.

Kineton Station
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The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 1, 2017.

Kineton Station at the National N Gauge Show
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On 12th & 13th September, members of the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society will be at the National N Gauge Show (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa)…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Jan 15, 2016.

 

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Mark Reader replied to Dave Hayward's discussion 'Burton Dassett Cableway'
"Hi Dave Eric Tonks included an excellent chapter on this topic in his book, ‘Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands, Part 2, The Oxfordshire Field’. Its interesting that while it appears on the 1888-1913 OS map, the aerial ropeway does not…"
Feb 22
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
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

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At 17:01 on February 26, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Mark,

A warm welcome to the SMJ site!

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