‘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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Funny Story about Kineton Military Railway 1 Reply

An improbable, funny, but absolutely true story relating to the Kineton military railway.Long after my Army days I still retained an affection and passing interest in Kineton ammunition depot where I served during the 1960s. Coupled to a 'love' of…Continue

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Blisworth - Towcester ETS working

Electric train staff equipment had been brought into use between Blisworth and Towcester by 9 August 1910 (date of SMJR minute 451 (TNA file RAIL 674/3)) and presumably the new signal box at Blisworth appeared at the same time. In that this was so…Continue

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Blisworth 1920

SMJ board minute 1474 of 13 April 1921 (TNA file RAIL 674/4) approved that “the following expenditure be charged to Capital” for year 1920: “Blisworth: Signalling and alterations to Permanent Way, Improvements and additional signalling: £800”. In…Continue

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Evesham Redditch & Stratford-upon-Avon Junction Railway 8 Replies

Did this railway (as opposed to the East & West Junction Railway) go into receivership - if so, when. And when did it come out of receivership?Continue

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Page 12 of Arthur Jordan's book features a full page reproduction of the E&WJ public timetable handbill for August 1873. Does anyone know where the original of that handbill is preserved?

Incidentally, the timetable itself formed the basis of adverts in various newspapers throughout the area - for example, the Northampton Mercury 2 August 1873 as reproduced in Barry Taylor's Vol. 1, page 87.

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There is an easily missed footnote at the very bottom of that page in Arthur's book that states 'by kind permission of Public Records Office Kew'

That said, I haven't found it so far in my notes / records from my own visits although I thought that I did cover all things EWJR back then.

The nearest I can get us RAIL 981/68 which is a double sided leaflet for the LNWR and EWJR publicising the 'opening of the new route between London and Stratford via Blisworth and Towcester'. Part of the front page is a timetable, similar to but not the same as, Arthur's. It is however dated August 1873 until further notice - fares info is on the reverse.

Yes, I saw that note but (like you) hadn't come across it at Kew.

Found it at Kew at RAIL 981/70. There is also another handbill for August 1873, promoting the London Euston connection - it's at RAIL 981/68.

Ah good - thought it must be there somewhere. I have recorded  both RAIL 968 and 969 but somehow not 970 - although I did lose some Kew records on a corrupt CD years ago. Thought that I had recovered them on a later visit but this may be one that I missed second time around.

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