‘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"
Probably a question or an answer that is on here somewhere and I have missed it, but what was the line running speed? Always get the impression that the trains dawdled along rather than made any great progress.Continue
Started by Gary. Last reply by Peter S Lewis Feb 23.
I got it wrong. The sound of the digger was heard at Stoke Bruerne. Not Roade. I can quite believe that. Hope you didn't mind my comment but as I was connected with the quarry I thought perhaps I should set the matter straight. I must look out for your book. Sounds as though it will be very interesting.
Nothing to do with the SMJ but just to say how much I have enjoyed reading your book 'The Railways of Northamptonshire'. I think it's better written and researched than the other published works on the subject. As a result of being favourably impressed, although not really into canals I have since read your 'Waterways of Northamptonshire' and started getting interested in these as well, visiting Ellesmere Port museum on my way back from Wales recently. I also saw the butty boat 'Raymond' moored up near Stoke recently and wondered if you own it nowadays. Next on my reading list is 'Bread upon the Waters' which I bought the other day.