‘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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My father lived both at Yardley Hastings and Hackleton in his youth and remembered the line operating in the 1920s (the Towcester - Ravenstone Wood section), and the line was always known as "The Bread & Herring" for reasons unknown to us.
My earliest memories were when on one Saturday afternoon in May 1950 I was taken by my parents to view the trains at Blisworth. O…
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