‘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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2F WDs working to Bristol

In the 1950s/60s we had a regular working of a 2F Woodford Halse WD to Bristol. I was always intrigued by how they got there. Does anybody know if that was via the SMJR please?Continue

Started by Bob Bishop yesterday.

Talk to Welford Local History Society

I live in Welford on Avon which now incorporates the former Binton Station with its recent housing development.The local history society is currently planning its 2022/23 programme of events and talks and would be keen to include a talk on the…Continue

Started by John Read Oct 8.

Broom Junction station site for sale 2 Replies

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 Oct 4.

Salvaged track bolts 2 Replies

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 Russ Firth Oct 3.

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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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