‘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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Malcolm Ranieri

Sad to report the untimely death last week of SMJ Society member Malcolm Ranieri. Malcolm was well known for his excellent steam train photographs that have appeared for many years in the rail preservation press.  He was also one of the main…Continue

Started by Dick Bodily on Friday.

Salvaged track bolts 1 Reply

Does any know if the bridges were numbered? Similar to how the canals number thier's. Because a few weeks ago I was magnet fishing under the if I bridge behind the bellebaulk housing estate in Towcester and pulled out a number of chair bolts and I…Continue

Started by John Godwin. Last reply by Dick Bodily Sep 28.

Planning Application for Binton Station Site 8 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 Simon Stevens Sep 20.

Proposed conversion of numbers 5 and 6.

According to Dunn, the problems with the two BP tanks ns 5 and 6 running backwards were twice addressed with the idea of converting them to 2-4-2Ts, and that drawings were prepared on at least one occasion.Has anyone ever seen anything of these…Continue

Started by Simon Dunkley Jun 27.

Broom Junction station site for sale 1 Reply

Great opportunity for an SMJ enthusiast perhaps.  I'm not sure what you could actually do with this site though!…Continue

Started by Simon Stevens. Last reply by Simon Stevens May 17.

Ravenstone Wood as three way junction? 1 Reply

A close analysis of the 1945 RAF aerial photographs available in the historical imagery resource on Google Earth has provided evidence that Ravenstone Wood was probably a three-way junction during the latter part of WW2 and for an unknown period of…Continue

Started by Dave Hayward. Last reply by Robin Cullup Apr 15.

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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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