‘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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Fenny Compton SMJ box seems like an LNWR production. Inside the frame appears to be Midland - but it could be a wartime REC product. A couple of LNWR Webb-Thompson staff instruments complete the very happy scene. I have no put onto your site all I have on the SMJ and related places.

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Comment by adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 18:52
Helo Andy,

I haven't seen Andy Jordan's book but those are Webb-Thompson (LNWR) Electric Train Staff dispencing machines and will be very old. AS old as the box, I suppose. They were patented around 1893. They might have replaced some other system - Tyers tablet, say - but they are old. Webb was Locomotive Engineer of LNWR and Thompson was the Telegraph Engineer.

I wish I had some more pix.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2009 at 18:23
Save me a place! I noticed the token machines at the back of the box (as described in Arthur Jordons book) the same??

Andy
Comment by adrian vaughan on September 21, 2009 at 16:42
Hello Gary,

I wonder if you read the 'Observer' newspaper. Y'day it had a photo - computer generated by NASA (or something like that) - showing Planet Earth from space surrounded by every bit of cast-off space scrap, thousands and thousands of bits of debris. It made a truly awful sight. More junk is being sent up by the EU - a satelite that will be a better Sat Nav device. I mention this to show how far the Western world at least has degenerated since 1946 - when I first started to ask to be allowed up on steam engines. People can't even read their own map and find their way about using their own brain - go and buy some silly little gizmo with a stupid voice telling them what to do. The coal fired BR was the most wonderful place this world will ever see. And the people who operated it. I think heritage railways do a good job of giving people a chance to live like we used to but it will never be like BR in 1955.

Hey ho! I'm so glad the pictures are pleasant for you. Now - as you said earlier - 'Oh for a Time Machine'. 1955 here I come.
Comment by Andy Thompson on September 21, 2009 at 13:49
What an amazing shot! History - I heard said that the one they built to replace this one has been demolished (last year?)
Andy

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