A couple of interesting documents
In my very small collection of SMJ documents I have these two which may be of interest to fellow members:
1. E&WJR Schedule of Wagons Passing 1899
These are probably the commonest extant E&Y documents as they were processed by the Railway Clearing House (RCH) and a number seem to have survived from there.
This one I found to be particularly interesting as it is for a Midland Railway wagon containing "goods" which travelled from Bristol to London Kings Cross. The route was Bristol A Wharf (presumably Avonmouth Wharf on the GWR/Midland Joint Line) via Gloucester and Evesham to Broom Junction and then along the entire EWJ route to Olney and then via Bedford to St Pancras. There the wagon would either have been transferred to Kings Cross via the North London Railway connection of else offloaded and taken across by horse and cart. The Midland must have offered a good rate for this journey as it goes a very long way round when compared to the direct GWR route from Bristol to London. Of course, it was on Midland metals the whole way except for the EWJ part and the final few hundred yards from St Pancras which I guess helped the costing. I wonder how much other Midland Railway traffic was routed this way?
2. EWJ&ST&MJR memo 1908
This small memo was written at the Accountant's Office at Stratford-on-Avon although it's not clear if it was actually issued as there is no recipient and nor is it signed. However, I surmise that a number of these would have been written (one to each station) so this may have been a spare or may have been given to a clerk to copy. The content reads as follow:
"Please clear out the Books and Papers of two years and upwards in readiness to have them collected in a wagon which I will arrange shall call at each Station to collect them. Let me know as soon as they are ready so that I may make arrangements."
Imagine the treasure trove of paper railwayana that would have been in that wagon when it finally reached Stratford!