‘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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As you can see, Byfield was the favoured water stop. I don't think I ever appreciated how much water a steam engine needed until a few weeks ago when I met a friend of mine who was a fireman at Northampton shed. He said an 8F would just about get from Northampton to Willesden before it needed more water. April 4 1966.
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