‘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' 

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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily 20 hours ago.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

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Turntable at Burton Dassett
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As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

Kineton Station
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The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society's N gauge model of Kineton Station will be on display for the very first time at our annual exhibition at Leamington College on 4th & 5th March.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Dunkley Mar 1, 2017.

Kineton Station at the National N Gauge Show
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On 12th & 13th September, members of the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society will be at the National N Gauge Show (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa)…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Meredith Jan 15, 2016.

 

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Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick Two further items for you to add to your excellent list. B & R Video's Vol 193 “Along Southern Lines" (part 9) – short clip of a double header Southern Railtour seen at Kineton (unusual in that its a Q1 heading a…"
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"Hi Ray Nice to see your image of the Fenny-Burton Dassett Key. This is an original key for the next section down the line. Its fairly well weathered, and the only remaining paint is on the back."
Apr 3
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Where is this Bridge

"Thanks Simon. Although not specifically listed in the owner's archive as the railway bridge, because his collection was all of railway memorabilia, his family thought it was the SMJ bridge. However, although not familiar with the area, I was…"
Mar 29
Mark Reader replied to Mark Reader's discussion 'Turntable at Burton Dassett'
"Hi Barry Many thanks for such a comprehensive response. I've got copies of both publications you refer to and have just sat and looked at them again, alongside other diagrams of Burton Dassett. Although Tonks refers to the turntable, he…"
Mar 29
Barry Taylor replied to Mark Reader's discussion 'Turntable at Burton Dassett'
"Hi Mark Having checked my notes my main references appear to be from Eric Tonks, in his two books - the original Ironstone Railways & Tramways of the Midlands and the later series on the Quarries - much the same info in both, but I do think…"
Mar 29
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Where is this Bridge

"Could be Broom, but the road bridge at the West end of the high street; the terrace of houses at the top right are a good match for those there today.  It's definitely not the SMJ bridge."
Mar 28
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"Thanks Ray The paint scheme did look a little odd (hence my query), so its nice to get your follow-up comments. Even though the colours are a bit off, its still nice to see a photo of it, so many thanks for posting it on the site for others to see."
Mar 28
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"Hi Ray As a resident of Kineton, this photo is of particular interest. Did you repaint it, or was it already done when you got it? The reason I ask is because I'd love to know how close the background colour was to the original. On the current…"
Mar 27
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Where is this Bridge

"We've recently been givin this photo which was purchased from The Birmingham Post in 1964. The receipt describes it in ink as 'Bridge Demolition, but a penciled addition says 'at Broom - taken 9-6-64'. However, the houses…"
Mar 27
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Mark Reader replied to Mark Reader's discussion 'Turntable at Burton Dassett'
"Thanks Bary Its great to hear that you can confirm it existed and have references to its removal. Any chance of me seeing them? The image and reference in Jordan's book is partly why I had doubts. The turntable on all the drawings is located at…"
Mar 20
Barry Taylor replied to Mark Reader's discussion 'Turntable at Burton Dassett'
"Hi Mark I don't have any doubt that the turntable was actually provided. I have a few references to it having been removed around 1940-42 when the Marlborough Farm site was being developed and new sidings etc provided- one account states…"
Mar 20
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Turntable at Burton Dassett

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light Railway, The story of an unfortunate line”. In both the original book and in subsequent references in other publications, Eric refers to a turntable being located in the sidings at Burton Dassett. However, although a turntable appears on the 1919…See More
Mar 19
Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick Another one for your list: I've just purchased a copy of B & R Video's Vol 205 of the Ultimate Archive Steam Series – The Jim Clemens Collection No 32 - “London Midland Steam Miscellany No3”. The DVD includes…"
Mar 19
Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick. I recently came across a 2011 post by Si Donal showing S scale drawings of two SMJ wagons "found in a 1961 model railway magazine". I could find no reference to this in the publications list, so I thought that I'd have a…"
Jan 23
Mark Reader commented on Dick Bodily's page The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List
"Hi Dick I thought this was in the list, but I now can't see it (so forgive me if that's my error): Model Railway News January 1964 pages 176 - 183 - details and plans of Ettington Station, suitable for modelling, plus a short article and 9…"
Jan 19

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At 17:01 on February 26, 2015, Peter S Lewis said…

Hello Mark,

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