‘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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The SMJR in Books and Magazine Articles - A List

Advice for people wanting to find out more about the SMJR

The definite account of the line up until 1909 can be found in Barry Taylor's 'The Stratford-upon-Avon and & Midland Junction Railway Volume 1'.  When Volume 2 has been published in 2018 Barry will have provided an exceptionally well-researched detailed account of the line that will have no equal.  A true classic of railway literature. But if you are looking for a little book to give a good short overall account of the SMJR then J M Dunn's 1977 (completely revised and rewritten by JWP Routledge) account is the one to look for, the original 1952 version is nowhere near as good. Riley & Simpson's book is flawed by annoying spelling errors and has a couple of misleading captions but has some interesting photographs especially of the latter days of the line. Jordan's book is written from the viewpoint of a personal acquaintance with the Stratford end of the system and is well illustrated.

Also have a good look at the various articles on this website, Go to the 'All the pages' option on the Index link for the full list of articles. Much of the information in these pages is not available anywhere in print. There are lists of loco types, preserved SMJ route locos, lists of sidings and bridges, details of railtours, railwaymen's memories of the SMJ and much more.

SMJR Books

“The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway (Volume 1)”- Barry Taylor (Lightmoor Press 2017) covers the constituent lines that were to form the SMJ up to 1909 in great detail with lots of 'new' photographs.

“The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway” – J M Dunn (Oakwood Press 1952).

“The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway” – J M Dunn - completely rewritten and extended by JWP Routledge 2nd Edition (Oakwood Press1977) - NB This is far superior to his original book is more than twice as long and is the one to get!)

“The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway" – A Jordan (Oxford PC 1982) - from a Stratford pespective.

“A History of The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway” – Riley & Simpson (Lamplight Publications 1999) - nice pictures but several irritating errors.

“The Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway” – S Jenkins (Oakwood Press 1990) - an excellent account of the N&BJR.

“Branch Lines Around Towcester” – Mitchell & Smith (Middleton Press 2008)

“Towcester Memories of the Slow, Miserable & Jolty”- R Stevens (Towcester LRS 1994)

"The Signalling of the SMJ" - M Christensen  (self published)

 Useful information about the SMJR in other books that are not specifically about the SMJR

"Track Layout Diagrams of the G.W.R. and BR W.R." - R.A. Cooke (1975. revised 1996) - Section 29  shows all the SMJ routes

"LMS Sheds Vol 4" - Hawkins & Reeve (Wild Swan 1984) has a chapter about SMJR sheds with useful information and pictures of Stratford 21D

"The Banbury to Verney Junction Branch”- B Simpson (Lamplight Publications 1994)

“The Last Years of The Great Central Main Line”-  R Robotham (Ian Allan 1986) has a Woodford Halse chapter by Rex Partridge which has info about the SMJ

 “The Railways of Northamptonshire” – David Blagrove (Wharfside Publications 2005) has a chapter on the SMJ which outlines the line’s history

“The Ironstone Quarries of The Midlands – Part 3 Northampton Area”- Eric S Tonks ( Runpast 2009) has information about Blisworth Ironstone

“The Ironstone Quarries of The Midlands – Part 2 The Oxfordshire Field”- Eric S Tonks ( Runpast) has information about Byfield Ironstone

"Track Layout Diagrams of the G.W.R. and BR W.R." - R.A. Cooke - (1975) Section 29  shows all the SMJ routes

"Shakespeare's Railways" (Mid England Books 1994) - John Boynton -Chapter 3 "Shunt 'em a Mile and Jolt 'em" is on the SMJ with some nice pictures of the Ro-Railer and some of T E Williams shots amongst others.

"Branch Lines of Warwickshire" (Alan Sutton 1994) - C G Maggs - has a section on Broom Jcn to Fenny Compton with some interesting photos including some "on train" shots by P Q Treloar whilst on a brake van ride. There is also a section on the Edge Hill Light Railway.

"Discovering Lost Railways" - F G Cockman (Shire Publications 1973) has an SMJR chapter.

"The Trains Now Departing - 16 Excursions into Lost Delights of Britain's Railways" Michael Williams (Preface Publishing 2014) - slightly tongue in cheek chapter about SMJR.

"Northamptonshire Steam" - Michael Walsh (Rails 2016) - a short section on the SMJR with colour pictures by Tom Tomalin and others

"T Williams -The lost Colour Collection Vol 1" (Irwell Press 2017) - includes 15 large format SMJR photos along with many WR photos, several taken at Stratford .

"An Historical Survey of Selected LMS Stations (Volume One)" – Dr R Preston Hendry & R Powell Hendry (Oxford Publishing Co. 1982)_-. It includes information on Banbury Merton Street, Byfield - 2 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 3 photos, Ettington - 2 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 4 photos. Fenny Compton - 3 pages, including track plan, 2 signal diagrams and 4 photos. Kineton - 2 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 4 photos.

“Warwickshire’s Lost Railways” – David Blagrove - (Stenlake Publishing Ltd 2015)- contains 1 page of text and 9 pages of photos, including images of: Bidford, Binton, Stratford (x3), Kineton (x4), EHLR, Burton Dassett and Fenny Compton (x3).

Some limited information about the SMJR in other books

“The Ironstone Quarries of The Midlands – Part 1 Introduction”- Eric S Tonks ( Runpast)

"The Edge Hill Light Railway" - E S Tonks (Published by Author1948).

"The GCR in LNER Days Vol 2" - Jackson & Russell (Ian Allan 1976) has a chapter about the Stratford slip coach and its sad demise at Woodford Halse.

"Lost Railways of Northamptonshire” – Geoffrey Kingscott (Countryside Books 2008) which concentrates on the remaining evidence of these lost lines has a chapter on the SMJ

“Lost Railways of Warwickshire” - Geoffrey Kingscott (Countryside Books 2009) – covers the SMJ in Warks but contains several errors

“A History of the Railways of Northamptonshire” – Peter Butler (Silver Link 2006) has a short chapter on the SMJ

 “Shed by Shed  Part 1 London Midland” – Tony Walmsey (St Petroc InfoPublishing 2010) gives details of all locos allocated to 21D ie. engines that worked the SMJ regularly from 1950, also includes Northampton, Bedford, Gloucester Barnwood & Woodford allocations.

“Off Northampton Shed” – Derek Mutton (Wild Swan Publications 2006) mentions a couple of firing trips on the SMJ

“The Blakesley Miniature Railway and the Bartholomew Family" – Dr Bob Tebb (Silver Link 2009) has some references to E&WJ and SMJ

“A Countryman’s Tale” – Sydney Tyrell (self published) a Moreton Pinkney local history contains useful information on the building of the E & WJR and the GCR in the Moreton area, an extract was published in ‘Forward’ the GCR Society magazine, date unknown

“Beside the Crooked Brook” – Doug Blake (self published 2009) a local history of Blakesley has chapters on The SMJ and Blakesley Miniature Railway

“Astride the Hill of Knowledge" – Doug Blake (self published 2013) a local history of the district around Blakesley has a section on The SMJ which I helped Doug write.

“LMS Branch Lines England & Wales” – C J Gammell (OPC 1997) has 7 b/w pictures

“Specials in Steam” – B Stephenson & P Russell (Ian Allan 1968) has 6 b/w pictures of specials on SMJ

“Branch Line Album 2nd Series” – P W Whitehouse (Ian Allan 1969) has 1 b/w picture

“London Midland Steam Finale” – Michael S Welch (Runpast 2000) has one colour picture of 48305 at Towcester

“Steam Nostalgia Around Northampton”- R Coleman & J Rajczonek (Northamptonshire Libraries 1987) has 6 b/w photos

“Steaming into Northamptonshire” - R Coleman & J Rajczonek (Northamptonshire Libraries 1988)  has 13 b/w photos

“Railway Images Around Northamptonshire” - R Coleman & J Rajczonek (W D Wharton 1992) has 9 b/w photos inc. 3 of early E&WJR period railway trains and Evan Dines feature

“Steam Railways in Colour Around Northamptonshire” - R Coleman & J Rajczonek (W D Wharton 1993) has 2 colour photos

“Northamptonshire’s Lost Railways” – David Blagrove (Stenlake Pub.) has 6 b/w photos

“Northamptonshire’s Railway Stations on old picture postcards” – A Rice & A Swift ( Reflections on a Bygone Age 2008) has 11 b/w photos

"British Railways Past & Present - Warwickshire" - Roger Siviter (The Nostalgia Collection 2001) has 3 pictures of the Dukedog railtour at Stratford, Fenny Compton and Kineton plus 2 of Broom Junction

“The Trains We Loved” - C Hamilton Ellis (paperback McMillan 1971)

"A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Vol 7" -  Rex Christiansen David & Charles 1973 SBN 0 7153 6093 0

Also Vol 9 by Robin Leleux David & Charles 1976 SBN 0 7153 7165 7

" Waterways to Stratford" - C Hadfield & J Norris (David & Charles 1962)

 "The Stratford & Moreton Tramway" - John Norris  (Railway & Canal Historical Society 1987)

 "The Chronicles of Boulton’s Siding" - A R Bennett (Locomotive Publishing Co.1927)

 "The Dillen" (Elm Tree Books ref 0 241 10558 7) - has info about the canal's links with the Moreton Tramway

"Great Central" Vols 1,2,3  - George Dow (Ian Allan 1959) - this nowadays very expensive out of print history has very limited references to the E&W and SMJR

"Britain' s Railway Liveries 1825-1948" - Ernest F. Carter (ISBN 0 287 66989 0). It was first published in 1952 by Burke Publishing Company Limited. The second edition was published in October 1963 and the third edition was published in January 1980. Contains info about SMJ liveries.

"Lost Railways" by F G Cockman (Shire Publications)- a superb essay like resume of the SMJ. 

"Industrial Locomotives of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire & Bedfordshire." Robin Waywell. (Industrial Railway Society. 2002. ISBN 1 901556 23 9)(Hardback) see contractors locos for construction and lifting of the line.

"Bletchley - Town of Trains" - A E Grigg (Barracuda 1980) has some info concerning the Towcester - Banbury branch.

"Cross Country Steam" - Stanley Creer (Ian Allan Ltd 1979, ISBN 0 7110 0928 7) has 3 pictures of the SMJ.

"Central Ammunition Depot - Kineton 1942 - 1992" ( publisher & date unknown)

"The Rise and Fall of British Railways  Branch and Minor Lines" - John Vaughan (Haynes) has 1 picture.

"Railways in Northamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough" - Andrew Swift (Yesterday's Northamptonshire)

"Northamptonshire Railway stations" - Alan Rice and Andrew Swift (Yesterday's Northamptonshire) .

"Banbury And Cheltenham Direct Railway'' - Stanley Jenkins, Bob Brown and Neil Parkhouse (Lightmoor Press 2004.)

"The Rise and Fall of British Railways - Branch and Minor Lines" - John Vaughan (Haynes).

''Mainline To Industry''- Frank Jones (Lightmoor Press1998) ISBN 1 899889 02 7
- details of two locos sold into industry by E&WJR and SMJR

"Railway Blunders" - Adrian Vaughan ( Ian Allan Publishing 2003 ; paperback version 2008 (ISBN 978 0 7110 3169 2) A short section on the SMJ route on pages 78-81.

"The Last Years of Steam Around The Midlands - From The Photographic Archive of the late A.J. Maund" - Michael Clemens (Fonthill Media 2013) - has 2 pictures of 'Chiltern 200' Railtour

"The Redditch and Evesham Line" - Bob Yate (Oakwood Press 2015) - some limited information about Broom Junction

"Great Western Steam in the Midlands" - Michael Mensing (Bradford Barton 1973) - has 1 picture of train on Stratford SMJ to GWR Loop

"The Chilterns and Cotswolds" Davis and Grant (David & Charles 1977) has a few pictures of the SMJ

 "Warwickshire Lime & Cement Works Railways” - Sydney A Leleux (Oakwood Press 2014) info about Ettington Limeworks

"Junctions at Banbury" - Barrie Trinder (Banbury Historical Society 2017) has several references to the SMJ and much about Merton Street

Magazine Articles

The Railway Magazine - November 1902 - Vol 11 p393 - part of T R Perkins 'The Railways of Warwickshire' covers the E&WJR.

The Railway Magazine - April 1910 - Mr Russell Willmott, Traffic manager and Engineer SMJ is interviewed by the RM.

The Railway Magazine - April 1933 - D S M Barrie describes the SMJ.

The Railway Magazine - August 1952 - "To South Wales via Towcester" by Michael Robbins.

The Railway Magazine - April 1956 - "On the SMJ by Freight Train" - D A Beacock (Headmaster of Towcester Grammar School at the time) - describing his footplate ride from Towcester to Stratford on the pick-up freight and back with much detail of the working. 

The Railway Magazine - Vol 26 p265; Vol 30 p169; Vol 72 p235 ( NB. some of these may refer to already mentioned articles

The Locomotive Magazine 1902 & November 1911

Railway Archive - issue 29 - ISSN 1477-5336 pages 25 - 30 - an article about early E&WJR locos.

Model Railway News-January 1964 pages 176 - 183 - details and plans of Ettington Station, suitable for modelling, plus a short article and 9 photos of the buildings.

Trains Illustrated - Feb 1952 - an article "The SMJ in Modern Times" (B Cooke), and another "The Banbury Branch" (O H Prosser)

Trains Illustrated - April 1952 - four interesting follow-up letters re the above.

Trains Illustrated (Sept 1960) “ New SMJ Connection at Stratford–on(sic)-Avon” – T E Williams photo feature

Steam World (May 2007) “Is that you, Butcher? (Part 2)” – David Butcher – a footplateman’s excellent account of the famous‘Wandering 1500 Railtour’, covering the SMJ section

Railway Bylines (December 2007) “The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway (Part 1)”- I C Coleford – a general article on the BR days

Railway Bylines (January 2008) “The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway (Part 2)” – D Cummings – a description of a journey made by E Ruck in 1951

Railway Bylines (March 2008) “Freeman’s Forays” – Leslie Freeman – photo feature with pictures of Towcester, Blakesley, Morton Pinkney and Woodford/Byfield area from 1964

Railway Bylines (March 2012) "The SMJ Revisited - A Personal View (Part 1)" - Barry Taylor - features the Ravenstone Junction to Towcester section.

Railway Bylines (April 2012) "The SMJ Revisited - A Personal View (Part 2)" - Barry Taylor - features the Towcester to Banbury section.

Railway Bylines (June 2012) "The SMJ Revisited - A Personal View  Part 3)" - Barry Taylor - features the Towcester to Ettington section.

Railway Bylines (July 2012) "The SMJ Revisited - A Personal View  Part 4)" - Barry Taylor - features the Ettington to Broom section.

Railway Bylines (July 2015) "Early Days at Byfield Ironstone Siding" - Barry Taylor - contains new research carried out at the Records Office, Kew  by Barry.

Railway Bylines (November 2015) "Railway Journeys Never Made - SMJ Part 1 " - Barry Taylor - describes an imaginary journey from Northampton Castle to Stratford Old Town.

Steam Days (Jan 2009) – “Stratford–upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway 100 Years On” - Andy Thompson – a general history which focuses on the financial ‘ups and downs’ of the SMJ line

Midland Railway Society Journal No 41 (Autumn 2009) “Bedford to Gloucester via the SMJ” – Maurice Jeyes – describes a Bedford 14E lodging turn over the SMJ

Midland Railway Society Journal No 58 (Summer 2015) "Some notes on Ravenstone Wood Junction - Robin Cullup - Robin's research into workings through this link with the Midland Railway near Olney including workings to Northampton and to the SMJR

Steam Days (June 2010) “Byfield (S&MJR)" - Rex Partridge - about Byfield and also new information about Woodford – Stratford through freights of the early‘60s

British Railway Journal No. 76 (Wild Swan Publications) - "Towcester in the 1930s" - Bill Kendall and Chris Turner.

British Railway Journal No. 78 (Wild Swan Publications) - "Wappenham" - Bill Kendall  Turner.

Forward (GCR Society Magazine - June 2011 )”The Great Central Railway and Shakespeare’s birthplace” – David Wrottesley – new information on early GCR through coaches  and connections with the SMJ

Model Railway News September 1963 pages 27 - 29 - details and plans of the Ro-railer, suitable for modelling

Railway Modeller March 1968 and July 1968 - details and plans of Blakesey Station, suitable for modelling

 Railway Archive No29 Lightmoor Press ISSN 1477-5336 - Barry Taylor's article "A French Farce in West Northamptonshire" about a fire involving the E&WJR's French 0-6-0 in 1875.

Railway World May 1976- good two page pictorial of the line in the late 50s/early 60s.

Best of British March 2017 - short article on the Ro-Railer

Magazine Articles with some references to the SMJ

The British Railway Journal  No 70 (Wild Swan Publications) -Chris Turner- all about Banbury Merton Street.

LMS Journal - Special LMS Edition - "The Broom Connection" - Bob Essery - deals with both the Redditch - Ashchurch line and the SMJ to Stratford.

The Locomotive Magazine (15th May 1906) “Blakesley Hall Miniature Railway”

The Model Engineer and Electrician (5th July 1906) “The Blakesley Hall Miniature Railway”

Steam Days (October 1992) “Woodford Memories” – Clive Boardman – mentions firing WDs and a B16 on the SMJ

Back Track Feb 2005 Vol 19 p118

Railway Wonders of the World Part 21 - The Amalgamated Press Ltd June 21st 1935.

Locomotives Illustrated. "The Locomotives of the Smaller LMS Constituents - The Furness, Maryport & Carlisle, Wirral, C&WJR, KE and S&MJ Railways". April-June 2006 The basic information is on pages 5 and 6, although there are black and white photos of SMJ locos on pages 3,6,15-19.

Steam Days (June 2012) "Related Through Ironstone" - Rex Partridge - about Byfield & Charwelton Ironstone quarries.

British Railways Illustrated (April 2014) 'More on Northampton Shed' - Barry Taylor - a couple of snippits about the SMJ in this excellent general article about 2E in '49.

Railway Locomotives (October 1946) The LMSR Banbury Branches - Anthony J Bryant - contains details of workings from the SMJR as well as from the Bletchley Line

Meccano Magazine (August 1956) An account of the the SMJR railtour which began at Kings Cross with some reference to the route taken over the SMJR lines

DVDs

“The Shakespeare Route – the SMJ” (Hillside Publishing) is the only DVD specifically about the SMJ

“Ian Lyman ‘s East Midlands” includes a trip along the SMJ to Woodford West

“Routes from Northampton” (Cine Rail) brief coverage of the SMJ but lots about Northampton inc 2E

“The Great Central – The Route Explored Vol 2” (TVP) not a lot on the SMJ but excellent coverage of trains at Woodford inc 2F, Charwelton & Catesby tunnel area

B & R Video's "No 25 East Midlands" - Jim Clemen - has footage of the Northampton to Bedford branch with shots of Olney and the shed and yard at Olney and the SMJR junction.

B & R Video's No8. "Great Central. Woodford Halse" - has the last steam special at Byfield Ironstone sidings. The Bagnall and the Avonside are seen stored in the open - no sign of the shed

B & R Video's No 15 "Gloucestershire & Warwicks" - SMJR Stratford to Woodford.

B & R Video's Vol 205 Ultimate Archive Steam Series – The Jim Clemens Collection No 32 - “London Midland Steam Miscellany No3” - The DVD includes colour footage of the SLS Farewell Rail Tour 24th April 1965 and shows nice views of Goldicote Cutting & Kineton. There are also short clips of both Olney & Ravenstone Wood Jnct.

On VHS only

 Ivo Peters. "Ironstone Collection"  a railway club seen visiting Byfield

 

Updated 4/7/2018  R Bodily

 

 

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Comment by Mark Reader on August 10, 2018 at 12:21

Hi Dick

Two further items for you to add to your excellent list.

B & R Video's Vol 193 “Along Southern Lines" (part 9) – short clip of a double header Southern Railtour seen at Kineton (unusual in that its a Q1 heading a class U).

The Railway Magazine - p341 - Vol 111 - No 770 - June 1965 “SMJ Last Train” – three photos of the last train on 24th April 1965 - one passing through Goldicot Cutting and two at Stratford.

Comment by Dick Bodily on July 4, 2018 at 10:02

Up dated 4/7/18  Dick Bodily

Comment by Mark Reader on March 19, 2018 at 12:22

Hi Dick

Another one for your list: I've just purchased a copy of B & R Video's Vol 205 of the Ultimate Archive Steam Series – The Jim Clemens Collection No 32 - “London Midland Steam Miscellany No3”. The DVD includes colour footage of the SLS Farewell Rail Tour 24th April 1965 and shows nice views of Goldicote Cutting & Kineton. There are also short clips of both Olney & Ravenstone Wood Jnct.

Comment by Mark Reader on January 23, 2018 at 14:07

Hi Dick. I recently came across a 2011 post by Si Donal showing S scale drawings of two SMJ wagons "found in a 1961 model railway magazine". I could find no reference to this in the publications list, so I thought that I'd have a trawl through all the 1961 publications in our LWMRS library. Low and behold, I finally managed to find it in the August 1961 edition of Model Railway News. For those that missed Si's original post, the drawings (based on dimensions taken in 1917 & 1919) are of a 10 ton low sided wagon and an 8 ton 'piped' goods van. Simon Dunkley commented that he had made a couple of the goods vans and would post a photo, but I'm not sure that these ever got uploaded. Mark

Comment by Dick Bodily on January 19, 2018 at 13:43

Thanks Mark

updated now

Comment by Mark Reader on January 19, 2018 at 12:27

Hi Dick

I thought this was in the list, but I now can't see it (so forgive me if that's my error): Model Railway News January 1964 pages 176 - 183 - details and plans of Ettington Station, suitable for modelling, plus a short article and 9 nice photos of the buildings from different angles.

Also, having just tried to get hold of a copy of "The Signalling of the SMJ" by M Christensen, I've learned that its not published by the Railway Signalling Record Society (as the cover seems to indicate). It was actually self-published by Mike Christensen himself and, as he was a member of the society when he published it, he indicated this on the cover (hence the confusion). However, the SRS bookshop were realy helpful and kindly contacted Mike who gave them permission to send me a scanned copy in return for a donation to the Society.

Mark

Comment by Dick Bodily on December 11, 2017 at 14:29

'Junctions at Banbury' a new book by BarrieTrinder the famous author of 'The Industrial Revolution' has just been published by Banbury Historical Society. Don't expect lavish illustrations but expect a book crammed with facts about Banbury in steam days with detailed descriptions of the trains that worked to Banbury and the locos that hauled them. Its a must for anyone like myself who regularly spotted at Banbury and Woodford. Don't be put off by the cover pictures of diesels, there are less than 20 pages on diesel days but 200 on steam! There are also several references to the SMJ routes in it. I was intrigued to discover that after the N &BJ line closed cattle specials had to be put on to Northampton the long way around via Bletchley. Recommended.  Dick

Comment by Dick Bodily on October 31, 2017 at 13:34

Mark

It's in the 'limited information about the SMJ' section now.

Dick

Comment by Mark Reader on October 31, 2017 at 10:06

Hi Dick

I’m not sure if it’s worth adding to the list, but last year I purchased an absolute gem of a book "Warwickshire Lime & Cement Works Railways” by Sydney A Leleux (Oakwood Press 2014). Whilst there is nothing specific about the SMJ, it does contain a short chapter on Ettington Lime Works which, of course was located alongside and accessed via the SMJ. This book is clearly the result of a labour of love, started as a project when the author was a boy scout, and completed after he retired. For anyone interested in industrial railways it will make fascinating reading.

Mark

Comment by Dick Bodily on October 26, 2017 at 16:05

Cheers Mark, List updated. the late David Blagrove is sadly missed. He was primarily a canal historian but he produced some well researched railway works including an excellent history of Northamptonshire's railways. He also some time ago  a couple of times arranged for the SMJ Soc. members to meet up and put on displays at the Stoke Bruerne canal festival. Back in the '60s he famously saw a Castle on an SMJ Woodford bound freight from his narrow boat travelling on the Oxford Canal.

Comment by Mark Reader on October 26, 2017 at 15:56

Hi Dick

The list you have produced is really helpful, so many thanks for taking much of the initial grind out of the research process. Trawling through my limited library I found another publication which I didn’t spot on the list.

“Warwickshire’s Lost Railways” – David Blagrove (Stenlake Publishing Ltd 2015)

Primarily a collection of photos with a limited amount of text. It contains 1 page of text and 9 pages of photos, including images of: Bidford, Binton, Stratford (x3), Kineton (x4), EHLR, Burton Dassett and Fenny Compton (x3).

Best wishes. Mark

Comment by Dick Bodily on October 24, 2017 at 20:13

Hello Mark, Sorted! your entry now in list  Cheers. Dick

Comment by Mark Reader on October 24, 2017 at 15:03

Hi Dick

I looked through the list and didn't spot this publication (so apologies if it's included and I simply missed it).

An Historical Survey of Selected LMS Stations (Volume One) – Dr R Preston Hendry & R Powell Hendry (Oxford Publishing Co. 1982). It includes information on:

Banbury Merton Street – 3 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 4 photos.

Byfield - 2 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 3 photos.

Ettington - 2 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 4 photos.

Fenny Compton - 3 pages, including track plan, 2 signal diagrams and 4 photos.

Kineton - 2 pages, including track plan, signal diagram and 4 photos.

Mark

Comment by Dick Bodily on September 25, 2017 at 13:35

Considerably updated and revised as a result of the publication of Barry Taylor's book.

Dick Bodily 25/9/17

Comment by Dick Bodily on May 12, 2017 at 15:51

Cheers Alwyn, have added it.  Dick

Comment by alwyn sparrow on May 12, 2017 at 8:01

A book with a few SMJR photo's "The Chilterns and Cotswolds" published 1977 by David & Charles.

Alwyn.

Comment by Dick Bodily on March 18, 2017 at 20:53

Added to list

"Northamptonshire Steam" - Michael Walsh (Rails 2016) - a short section on the SMJR with colour pictures by Tom Tomalin and others

Dick Bodily 18/03/17

Comment by Dick Bodily on January 10, 2017 at 12:46

Cheers Gary, have updated that. No doubt the book has several panned pictures of GWR expresses as Michael Mensing was noted for those sort of shots, one of the best steam age photographers.

Dick

Comment by Gary on January 10, 2017 at 9:44

Hi Dick,

The book is credited to Michael Mensing.
ATVB
G

Comment by Dick Bodily on January 8, 2017 at 12:02

Cheers Gary, good to hear from you, have added it tolist, was it one of T E Williams book by any chance?

All the best

Dick

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