‘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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Woodford Halse Model Railway Club's Woodford layout

Woodford Halse Model Railway Club's Woodford layout

I was able to see this outstanding layout in action at a Woodford History Society's Open Day. It's a faithful reproduction of Woodford south of the MPD including Woodford West and the SMJ. The next project in the process of being completed is an 'extension' to include Byfield SMJ.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on December 3, 2011 at 21:21

I was able to visit this layout again today (Dec 3rd) when it was opened in conjunction with a Christmas Fayre at the Social Club ( The Furze). The extension to 'Byfield' is coming on well. I've added a few more pictures to the album as a result.

Comment by Gary on December 2, 2011 at 17:35

Typical... I have a prior engagement. Oh well I am sure I will see it one day.

Popular weekend for stuff!!!

Comment by Dick Bodily on November 29, 2011 at 11:00

Short notice but I've heard that people visiting The Furze (ex Railwayman's Club) at Woodford for a Christmas Bring & Buy this Saturday Afternoon 3rd December will be allowed to view this layout. There's a possibility that photos and slides might be on shown too later in the afternoon.

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