‘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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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.

Phone contact wanted
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Nov 4, 2015.

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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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