‘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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Dear SMJ site member,
Firstly, a big "Thank You" from all those of you who have helped make the SMJ site what it is today... a considerable and growing resource on the history of this enigmatic line.
The archives are brimming with photographs and other memoirs, all adding to the historical record, and putting flesh on the bones, if not trains on the track!
Of course, we know that you will realize that anything worthwhile has a cost...and we like to think that you think that this project is worthwhile. So we know that you will not be unduly upset if it was suggested to you that a small yearly fee of £10.00 will be introduced to cover the cost of maintaining the site...(our provider has doubled the fee overnight).
This will help to safeguard the archive, and make this resource the pre-eminent one in connection with the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway.
Will you help us to achieve this goal?
We know that you will....
Peter and Andy

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Hello Andy and Peter

I read your E-mail with interest

It is quite normal to pay for the costs of a club activity and will readily contribute but have some queries.

1                      The cost requested by the site's hosts seems quite high at £45 a month. I take care of a photo club in Belgium and we have a cost free website of very high quality, please have a look: http://photoclubrebecq.be/spip/?lang=fr

All you need is a competent and reliable web master.

2                          You give a cost price of £45 a month I.E. £540 per annum but, if my information is correct, the SMJR society has 311 members which at £10 each works out at £3 110.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Best regards

Jack

Hi, I am happy to pay a cost towards the up keep

Andy,

I did reply elsewhere that I would subscribe but note comments above.

I also asked if you could email me as I wanted to contact you by email re the Northamptonshire Heritage Strategy. I consider railways are a very significant part of the county's heritage and should be acknowledged as such. I have traied emailing yu but it appears I do not have the correct address.

My email is:- davensal@hywd1.fsnet.co.uk

Dave Hayward

Hello Peter / Andy,

Can you indicate the current situation regarding costs and funding requirement?

Have you had a chance look at alternative lower cost hosting?

Regards,

Tony

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