‘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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North End and Warwick Road stations? 43 Replies

Some time ago we ahd an interesting and lively discussion on the mystery station at Tiffield, which added quite a lot to our collective knowledge.I've recently been looking closely at two of the other mystery stations- at North End (sometimes…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by NIGEL Dec 5.

EHLR JUNCTION 5 Replies

Can anyone identify how the junction between the SMJ and EHLR was arranged.  I have looked at the published photos but they don't show the whole arrangement. I  suspect that this short lived connection was not mapped but I thought I'd ask anyway. …Continue

Started by Si Donal. Last reply by NIGEL Dec 4.

Phishing - apparently via SMJ membership list 1 Reply

The SMJ Society <mail@thesmjr.ning.com> To: Roger Whiffin <roger48_gb@yahoo.co.uk> Sent: Sunday, 30 November 2014, 14:07 Subject: Mark Kwadwo added a comment to your profile on The SMJ SocietyTo reply to the comment, visit:…Continue

Started by Roger Whiffin. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Dec 1.

Get Together 10 Replies

To all members /supporters,Last year we had an excellent get together at Stratford on Avon, why not then a recall meeting at possibly the same venue next year?A wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, thoughts, experiences & show off our models…Continue

Started by Ian Scott. Last reply by Richard Heacock Nov 24.

Helmdon 23 Replies

Folks,Please accept my apologies if I'm stepping out of line with this, but just recently we have formed the Helmdon and District Heritage Railway Society with the intention of turning Helmdon GCR station into a working museum. Given that the SMJ…Continue

Started by Paul Denison. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Nov 16.

Another magazine article on the SMJ 1 Reply

Attached is an article on The LMSR Banbury Branches - as you will…Continue

Started by Robin Cullup. Last reply by Dick Bodily Nov 14.

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Dick Bodily commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Thanks Colin - Updated accordingly. It's a wonder Adrian didn't point this out himself as he is a valued website member.  Dick"
Dec 12
Colin Franklin commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Another book that has a four page article on the SMJR is "Railway Blunders" by Adrian Vaughan which was published by Ian Allan Publishing in 2003 with a paperback version in 2008 (ISBN 978 0 7110 3169 2) Pages 78-81."
Dec 10
NIGEL replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'North End and Warwick Road stations?'
"Seems likely that horses were loaded at this station, as the hound van together with a number of horse boxes were kept in the sidings here, in SMJ days. No mention of the "engine house", though."
Dec 5
Simon Dunkley replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'North End and Warwick Road stations?'
"Raised platforms were quite common in Victorian time and were used for loading horse boxes, milk churns, etc. Passengers have legs and can use steps. Although horses have legs, they need persuading. Milk churns don't have legs. Whether this…"
Dec 5
NIGEL replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'North End and Warwick Road stations?'
"Looking at maps dated 1885 and 1904, they show that the goods shed, with it's internal platform, had a strange outline (not square). Both up and down sidings, with their headshunt, were originally long, then were lengthened at the same time as…"
Dec 5
Simon Dunkley replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'North End and Warwick Road stations?'
"At a guess, the large goods shed was used as a grain store, and presumably the EWJR made a little bit by charging rent for this? As for the "engine house" at Kineton, I had always wondered - the sidings on the down side always hinted at…"
Dec 5
Barry Taylor replied to Barry Taylor's discussion 'North End and Warwick Road stations?'
"It's logical that Kineton,and Fenny should have the same early scalloped edge bargeboards on the structures as these two were opened together in 1871-although the first building at Fenny was burned down around 1874 and rebuilt, but I guess…"
Dec 5
NIGEL left a comment for Andy Thompson
"Hello Andy, with all that's going on at the moment as regards North End & Warwick Road stations, I have to report that an error has been made. Photographic and map evidence of Burton Dassett platform put it on the Eastern side of Bridge 66,…"
Dec 4
 
 
 

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