‘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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Burton Dassett Cableway

Please find attached a copy of the OS 6" map 1888 - 1913 series that illustrates the subject cable-way (called a tramway on the map) and also the Burton Dassett sidings. This cable-way is mentioned by Arthur Jordan in hos book on the SMJ at pp45, he…Continue

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Hi all

I'm getting reasonably close to completing a book entitled  "History of the SMJ and its constituent companies" which I hope will see publication in the not-too-distant future, although that will be down to the publisher !

However, I'm now looking at illustrations, and have two obvious gaps which I would really like to fill.

Aston-le-Walls - I can't find any photos with the siding track actually still in place

Green's Norton "junction" -  similarly,plenty of views with the Stratford line track in place but none so far with track on the Banbury line.

Also - does anyone know of the source of the two photos of the original Green's Norton junction (when it was really a junction) that appeared in Joe Rajczonek & Richard Coleman's book "Railway Images around Northamptonshire" (pictures 8 & 9)

I've tried the authors but with no success!

Both Aston and Greens Norton lost that part of their track around the same time - early 1950's -  so I remain hopeful that somebody might have got there and taken a photo, although they were both quite remote places.

If anyone can point me towards a reproducible original print of either I would be very grateful

Thanks

 

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Hi Barry

Good luck with the final stages of your book. If you've not already started a subscription list, please put me down for a copy once published.

Best wishes

Mark

Thanks Mark-that's one sold!

Still a way off yet, but it won't be by subscription. However I will certainly keep everyone in touch as we get nearer, and let you know the actual date of publication. Sometime next year is the best estimate at the moment, and it looks like two volumes to cover the whole period through from 1866 to the present day.

Best wishes

Barry 



Barry Taylor said:

Thanks Mark-that's one sold!

Still a way off yet, but it won't be by subscription. However I will certainly keep everyone in touch as we get nearer, and let you know the actual date of publication. Sometime next year is the best estimate at the moment, and it looks like two volumes to cover the whole period through from 1866 to the present day.

Best wishes

Barry 

Sorry, I have just  pressed the wrong button, but please include me as a potential buyer

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