‘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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u-tube videos that might be of interest

This shows a local historian exploring Byfield, about 25 - 30 mins into it he looks at the site of Byfield stationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUkTcCWk4YkThis shows steam on the Paddington…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Saturday.

NEW BOOK ON THE SMJ - AVAILABLE SHORTLY 24 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 Dec 1.

John Jennings

Following the sad loss of John Jennings, a stalwart of the SMJ and our society, Mike Musson set up a page on his site. The whole sit is well worth a visit as it overlaps with us here at the SMJ society     Go take a look…Continue

Started by Andy Thompson Nov 28.

The SMJR Great War Roll of Honour 12 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 Jim Brown Nov 23.

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I bought this ticket from Ebay.

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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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