‘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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Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

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Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

Turntable at Burton Dassett 4 Replies

As part of my research prior to creating a model of the EHLR/SMJ junction at Burton Dassett, I’ve just had the privilege of looking through the original notes and letters produced by Eric Tonks whilst writing his 1948 book “The Edge Hill Light…Continue

Started by Mark Reader. Last reply by Mark Reader Mar 29.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 11 Replies

Many of you will be aware that in common with all other railway companies the SMJR lost many of its employees for all or part of the Great War as the patriotic duty to volunteer was overwhelming.  Railwaymen were technically exempt but many chose to…Continue

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Started by John Jennings. Last reply by Simon Stevens Dec 15, 2017.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 14 Replies

Hi allI'm pleased to announce that the first volume of my history of…Continue

Started by Barry Taylor. Last reply by John Evans Nov 22, 2017.

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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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