‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Dave Hayward Apr 28.

Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

Started by Richard Maund Apr 20.

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I have recently been transcribing the 1949 Freight Working Time Table for the SM&JR route  from copies taken of the volume in the National Archives into a spreadsheet, with the intent of merging…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Mar 7, 2016.

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While we were exhibiting at the Great Electric Train Show at Gaydon last weekend (10-11 October 2015 a former railwayman from Leamington Spa Station came and chatted with us. Amongst other things he…Continue

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Does anyone have any good information on the paint colours seen on the buildings of the SMJ during the 20th century?The only decent colour pictures I have seen indicate a pale cream with dark brown…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 27, 2015.

 

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Nick Meredith replied to David Campion's discussion 'The Campion Family: SMJ employees'
"The National Archive at Kew has the staff record book from the start of the SMJ railway through to weeks before the grouping. It is a large format book so has to be viewed in the maps reading room. Each employee has a section of a page, with a…"
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At 18:30 on February 19, 2015, Jim Goodman said…

Hi Nick,

In the depths of this website there is a modelling section:-

http://www.smj.me/group/smjmodelling

I am responsible for the humble attempt at Blisworth SMJ (property of Kettering and District MRS).

A few members were kind enough to ask when it will next be exhibited. This year's show will be on Saturday 6th June at Wren Spinney School in Kettering - more details to follow closer to the time.

I hope this is of interest to you.

Jim.

At 19:17 on February 18, 2015, Dick Bodily said…

Nick,

I met Mr Reader, forget his first name, at MK Model Railway Exhibition last Saturday.  He was talking about a future pre WW1 Kineton layout, presumably this is the same project as yours.  Point is, he had tried to join this website but had experienced difficulty receiving some sort of automatic returned email message. I looked to see if I had received a request to join email from him as I normally would. If you know this gent tell him to reapply to join the website and there shouldn't be any problem.

Dick Bodily

At 17:38 on February 17, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Nick,

So there'll be plenty here for you to base the layout on!

Peter

At 14:29 on February 17, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Nick,

A warm welcome!

What connections do you have with the SMJ?

Peter

 
 
 

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