‘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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LMS BOXBOARD ----- SMJ LINE

Currently a boxboard from the line on offer on e bay. Ends  26th August.    Also a siver ewj  free pass was sold at auction recently for  £ 850 .  Pretty rare, nice it has survived .   Plus 2 cast iron smj bridge diamonds also sold  at auction quite…Continue

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Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

The Campion Family: SMJ employees 5 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

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After the get together at Stoke Bruerne, a fabulous day!

My next question to you all is the original types of coaching stock on the predecessors to the SMJR.

The 4 wheel coaches, who were the builder of these vehicles, what varieties (if known) & drawings available nowadays, let alone any "O" gauge kit which may come close to resembling these vehicles; albeit with the aid of kitbashing!

Any advice as always will be greatly appreciated.

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All I can definitely assert is that the Midland Railway cascaded one of their earlier clerestory carriages, designed by Clayton, to the railway. I THINK it was acquired by the E&WJR. It appears in a few pictures pre-1922, including one at Blakesley, where the loco has gone off to do some shunting and left it in the down (westward) platform. Hamilton Ellis's "19th Century Railway Carriages" gives some information about early Clayton clerestories, the main point of apparent difference between them and later stock was that the clerestory was on top of a radial roof, the later roofs were elliptical and the end panels were continued up into the clerestory, giving a more elegant appearance. The early Clayton roof was very similar to the clerestories used by the GWR, GER, NER and some diners on the L&SWR. Another one went to one of the Isle of Wight railways and the rails in the tunnel near Ryde St Johns had to be lowered to accommodate it. Presumably it was imported via Ryde Pier. It may have been one of the same job lot, since both the SMJ and one of the IoW railways were managed by the Wilmott family.
I’ve pondered this question over the years but records are a bit vague on the E & WJ. I’ve searched though several books on LMS coaches but never seen any reference to SMJ coaches, let alone E & W.

You probably know all this but I mention it anyway; in 1909 E & W only had 4 composites, 4 thirds and 8 other coaching vehicles, one of which will be the ex LNWR 4 wheeled coach dating from 1850, latterly used as an inspection saloon. There’s a clear photo of that in Arthur Jordan’s book, I don’t think there are any models for this type of coach, so it would have to be scratch built.

There are several pictures of 4 and 6 wheel coaches in all the books on the SMJ. Highfield O gauge models made a 4 wheel GWR first/third composite that looks very similar to the SMJ coach no. 6, seen on page 82 in Arthur Jordan’s book. Although having 6 wheels in this photo I believe was originally a 4-wheel E & WJ coach, converted to 6 wheels by the SMJ in 1910. Sadly Highfield are no longer in business but Slater’s Plastikard make a 4-wheel GWR first/second composite, again similar but I think the waistband is too narrow on this model. On the plus side Slater’s are still available and easier to make.

Connoisseur models make an all-third 4 wheel coach based on an NER design. Again this is similar to the E & W 4 wheel third. Connoisseur also states that their coaches are very generic and represent typical coaches that were built by all the railway companies, which suggests to me that very few drawings have survived so most modellers are prepared to compromise. The way I see it, if no records have survived who can point out any errors?

As for the brake coaches, from the two SMJ types I’ve seen in photos it would appear that the guard’s compartment is in the middle of the coach with third class compartments each side. This is quite unusual as most brake coaches have the guard’s compartments occupying one end of a coach. I’ve yet to see a model of this type so you might be doing a bit of kit bashing on this.

I hope this is of some use to you.

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