‘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"
Helmdon station site 2008
A modest beginning was made with the Northampton and Banbury
Junction Railway, authorised in 1863, as a first step. Hopes were
raised two years later with an Act authorising an extension
westwards to Chipping Norton and Blockley, and in the next year,
1866, a further extension was authorised w…
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