‘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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SMJ Forum

Single track?

Would I be right in assuming that the SMJ was single track all the way apart from passing loops at the stations?Continue

Started by Nicholas Hemming Nov 12.

working timetables.

Hello,Does anyone have a timetable of just about the time the line closed to passengers please? I only have a reprint of the 1936 Bradshaws.Also, were parcels trains ever routed along the SMJ during BR days?Finally what was the intensity of freight…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson Nov 9.

SMJ maps and booklet 3 Replies

Hello, I live in Southern Alberta, Canada and I'm nearer to 80 than 70. Methinks it is time to reduce my railwayana before it is consigned to the trash. Heaven forbid! My model railway is set in about 1953 and based on a ficticious branch running…Continue

Started by Gordon Hopkinson. Last reply by Steve Johns Nov 1.

MORTON PINKNEY LEVEL CROSSING 13 Replies

There was a public level crossing between Blakesley and Morton Pinkney, complete with a gatehouse.Does anyone know how this was operated?Presumably the gates must have been manual and kept closed against road traffic.Early Working Timetables mention…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by Barry Taylor Oct 25.

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I see that an old SMJ rulebook from 1919 went for £133 on e-bay today.

Anyone on here the lucky purchaser?

SMJ rulebook 

Jim.

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Unfortunately not. That seems a lot of money for it, but small independent railway rule books don't come cheap

I have in my possession, obtained for the princely sum of £6-00 in an Alcester charity shop, a bundle of engineman's books..Notable amongst these is a 1924 edition of "Locomotive Management. From Cleaning to Driving"...with the name "William Jesse Hartwell, High Street, Byfield" written in ink on the title page.

Also, I have copies of a disciplinary notice given to Fireman Lowe for an incident at Burton Dassett in 1958.

Now, these items must be of interest to someone......

You can see photos of the above books on my SMJ photos page...

Peter

There was an EWJR rule book on eBay 3 or so years ago. I bid on it, but someone jumped in at the last minute, and I was in an area with very poor mobile phone reception (the centre of Cambridge: you'd really think that wouldn't have been a problem!) and missed re-bidding.

Had I won, I would have scanned it in and made it available as a PDF, but I suspect it went to a collector who gets joy from having a rare copy and preventing others from seeing it.

Simon

The 1919 Rule Book is the standard RCH rulebook that nearly all of the pre group companies adopted. Its size, content and format was identical no matter which company name was printed on the front cover. The SMJ book was usually hardbound linen on card with the company title on a purple background. The only bespoke printed matter inside was right at the front usually to say that the named company had adopted the rules as its standard. The early BR rule books were little changed! A high price indeed for the wording on the cover!! A much more interesting document to keep a look out for is the appendix to the WTT as it contains SMJ company specific data.

John

Having done some research last year in the National Archives I can confirm this. I was terribly disappointed when reading the SMJR Rule Book retrieved from the stacks to find that the content was totally generic.

John Jennings said:

The 1919 Rule Book is the standard RCH rulebook that nearly all of the pre group companies adopted. Its size, content and format was identical no matter which company name was printed on the front cover. The SMJ book was usually hardbound linen on card with the company title on a purple background. The only bespoke printed matter inside was right at the front usually to say that the named company had adopted the rules as its standard. The early BR rule books were little changed! A high price indeed for the wording on the cover!! A much more interesting document to keep a look out for is the appendix to the WTT as it contains SMJ company specific data.

John

You can buy a copy of the 1916 Appendix to the WTT from the Signalling Record Society:
http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/pubappendix.php

Simon

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