‘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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Aircraft crash 8 Replies

HelloI’m intrigued by the statement found in Wikipedia08/12/1944 Wellington LN845 –C of 11 OTU overshot a forced landing at RAF Stratford and ran onto the railway at the end of the runway. The aircraft was only lightly damaged until it was hit by a…Continue

Started by Jack Freuville. Last reply by Jack Freuville Feb 16.

Link to About my Area website article about the unveiling of Towcester sign 2 Replies

To read the article about the Towcester Running in sign being unveiled follow link below…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily. Last reply by Dick Bodily Dec 21, 2019.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952 1 Reply

   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. Last reply by Steve Johns Oct 16, 2019.

Towcester station sign unvieling 1 Reply

The unveiling of the Towcester Station Sign!To all our Towcester area members. Can anyone make the following event in Towcester tomorrow representing the society?Quote:"We have decided to do the unveiling ceremony at 4pm tomorrow, Fri 11 Oct, at…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson. Last reply by Dick Bodily Oct 10, 2019.

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A fabulous day at Stoke Bruerne, despite no model layouts being on show unlike the year previous, but the discussion between some of the SMJ members who attended was as is with the forum web page, facininating as always.

I was taken in by the SMJ (or earlier edition) rule book pertaining to "no loco's to be run bunker first..." which seems to indicate that the quality of the SMJ trackbed was not too clever at the best of times, relating this to my 'O' gauge loco of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0, one has to watch the point work & track radii when running this model, the full size versions may not have ridden too well either.

The distance between centres between the pony wheels & 'First' driver seems to be the culprit, my model is heavily weighed down (& balanced) but how well the actual loco's performed on SMJ's track is another but arguable guess to the factors with this loco type being a choice for sale to the WD in WW1?

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Good to see you again Ian. Ideas for something different for necdt time maybe?


Andy Thompson said:

Good to see you again Ian. Ideas for something different for necdt time maybe?


I am thinking about this, I'll give you my thoughts soon.

Ian Scott said:

Andy Thompson said:

Good to see you again Ian. Ideas for something different for necdt time maybe?


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