‘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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The Reason It Came To
Mining of the earth’s
natural resources in the Blisworth area
of Northamptonshire has been evident for many
centuries. It was this
mining that first sparked the idea of a new railway line
to the blast furnaces of South Wales. A direct line, it
was thought could be very profitable, independent of the
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