‘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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Walking the SMJ 4 Replies

Careful scrutiny of the 1:25000 maps on Streetmap suggests that very little of the SMJ trackbed is a public right-of-way. There are short sections near Roade and Kineton and one or two places where there is an adjacent footpath. Can anyone advise of…Continue

Started by Michael Roake. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 27.

Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T- As near as you can get to a E&WJR 2-4-0T nowadays!

This is Isle of Man Railway Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T 'Mannin' which is about to be restored to running order so that it can deal…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily May 19.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 12 Replies

I've just been told by friends from Welford that there's a planning application to redevelop the Binton Station site:Binton Station Planning…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Rob Davidson Apr 27.

The Shakespeare Route DVD---Hillside Publishing 2006

Copy available on e bay as, I write this,  if anyone is interested.  Probably now out of production so an elusive DVD to obtain.Continue

Started by ray w Apr 1.

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Comment by Dick Bodily on January 14, 2010 at 10:38
Si
It wouldnt be 'Ms' as that is a relatively modern (last 20 years or so PC) title, its more likely to be 'Mr' or even 'Mrs'. It's unlikely to be a first name as people were very formal in those days especially with railway matters. The first letter of the second word is as you say likely R but it could L as many people were taught to do a capital L rather like a pound sign without the two crossing lines with that style of cursive handwriting. It would be interesting to see the 1951 census details for Moreton/Canons Ashby then we could probably have a good guess as to who bought the ticket.

Dick
Comment by Si Donal on January 13, 2010 at 21:03
Dick, I think it says Ms Ready but I cannot be sure. I thought it had said No Ready but unless that is "railway slang" for something then it makes no sense. The pencil mark is very soft and actually looks better in the scan. Any ideas anyone?
Comment by Dick Bodily on January 13, 2010 at 9:31
Si
Can you decipher the writing on the original ticket? It looks like it might be someone's name.
Dick

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