‘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' 

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Hi

I just found on Amazon Japan the book Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway by Jody Iosias. Apparently it’s worth around £ 30

I’ve never heard of this book nor of the writer before.

Is there anybody out there who could advise me on this book

Jack

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Hi Jack

I think that this is just an internet produced re-hash of previously published material on the SMJ.

If you have a look around (on Ebay in particular) there are others - I've seen "books" advertised on Ettington and Kineton stations for example, and the "authors" always have somewhat strange sounding names!

A friend of mine purchased a similar thing  a year or so ago that purported to be on The Watermills of Northamptonshire - it was, but it was a mere cut & paste re-hash job of information which he already had in several other places.

Probably best avoided - my own history of the SMJ is at the publishers now, and Vol 1 should  be out early next year - I hope that it will prove a better buy!!

REgards

Jack

Usually these so called books that Barry mentioned are simply copied entries from Wikipedia or even lifted from articles on websites such as this one. Often they charge much more, even £100 plus hoping to catch out the unwary.  My advice .. don't buy!  If it was a genuine researched work then it would have been reviewed in the railway press.

Dick

The synopsis of this book..a new one to me(!) on Abe Books website is rather telling.."Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online"..and a look at an Amazon page  . http://www.amazon.co.uk/Iosias-Jody/e/B00JCWM4SI  shows the author to be quite prolific...looks like a "copy and paste" merchant..

I am currently editing a volume on the SMJ too.....!!

Peter

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