‘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"
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
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.
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.
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.
I'm a modeller too. I think you're right, it's a rarely modeled line but I love these cross country routes. The S&D gets all the glory! The M&GN is another rarely modeled east-west line. I was very seriously going to model Byfield, it's the best small station on the line for variety and the addedd attraction of the quarry and Woodford Link. I just couldn't find room for the extra 2 feet in length that would do the station justice. I'm almost complete now on an 00 model of Blakesley in LMS days. If you look under "groups" on the banner header, that's where all the modelling stuff is stored on the site. I have plans of the station building, signal box and goods shed at Ettington that are identical to Byfield if they'd help you out.
I am essentially a modeller who became interested in the SMJ,via my researches of Woodford Halse as it is my (very) long term plan to model the station area in the future. In the meantime,I've just started a project based on Byfield ironstone sidings as I simply do not have space to model the station. Given the sheer variety of motive power that worked on the line in the 1950s/60s, I am amazed the SMJ is not mega popular with modellers.