‘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"
Just inside Oxfordshire, Banbury was a shared L+NWR/N+BJR
terminus, becoming part of the SMJ in 1910, having opened as
the original N+BJ terminus in 1871. Being a shared terminus
Banbury had a sprawling footprint; the SMJ section having a wooden
platform, goods facilities; including extensive cattle pens.
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