‘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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Dear SMJ Society member

Below is a conversation I am currently having with Martin John, a contact via the museum in Towcester. Some of you may remember the stop-start-stop-start problems the museum has had and the attempts I have made to make contact with someone there to show our support.

The museum is offering membership to support the museum called the 100 Club. People pay £100 to join and subsequently get various benefits. If you want to know more, click here

I have suggested to Martin that the membership would give a pound each and as such, the society become a member. 

This is what Martin wrote:

"Thanks for your interest in Towcester's museum and Happy New Year.

Yes, it's been a long hard journey to get the museum open, I've been involved for about 16 years.  The upper floor of the museum is currently given to the period from the Iron Age through to the end of the Roman period. On the ground floor is a small gift shop and room that we will use for temporary exhibitions. 

There's a good deal of interest locally in Towcester's railway station.Although railways are not my particular interest I know there is considerable interest in railways in general and indeed in Towcester railway station and the Stratford Upon Avon & Midland line.

It would be great to put on an exhibition focusing on Towcester's railway history and any help would be welcome. The loan of memorabilia relating to the station would be fantastic. I know there is a model of the station stored in Coventry Museum, unfortunately it's somewhat too big for our museum to display. Your club is very welcome to have joint membership of the 100 Club, details are on our developing website. We still have copies of a book about Towcester station. If you wish I can send you a copy, although I suspect you will have one already.

"Towcester Memories of the"Slow, Miserable and Jolty" (Stratford & Midland Junction Railway)"
by Robert Stevens
A collection of childhood memories of Towcester Railway Station, covering its history from 1938 until the 1950s. With photographs, maps and line drawings.
36 pages; ISBN 0 9524619 0 0; £3.00 
Reprinted 1999

Best wishes

Matin"

Would you, the membership be willing to spend a pound to join? Count me in. It would be great for both of us to work together, I hope you agree

Andy

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Sounds like a great idea!

Yes you can count me in - Nigel.

Count me in - how do you want the money ?

Paul Atherton

Thanks for the positive start gents! I need to work on just how we get a hundred pounds together!!

Watch this space

Andy



Andy Thompson said:

Thanks for the positive start gents! I need to work on just how we get a hundred pounds together!!

Watch this space

Andy

Excellent idea, let me know how to donate.

Graham Campion

Count me in too.

As you say at the top of the page Andy: 'Gone but not forgotten: "the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth"'

Yes count me in

Yes please, would like to join. Please advise how to pay.

Regards,

Richard Gill.

Come on you lot! One hundred one pound coins, fifty two pound coins... two fifty pound notes! I think we should be seen to get involved.... do you?

Andy

One question Andy.....how are you going to prove membership of the SMJ Society ?

Maybe we could nominate one fine upstanding sole who lives very close to the museum to hold the membership details? Know of anyone?

Andy

NIGEL ALAN FURNISS said:

One question Andy.....how are you going to prove membership of the SMJ Society ?

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