‘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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Image taken circa 1961. Almost certainly out of use and parked just outside the shed. Bagnall 2654/42 "Cherwell" The importance of the Northamptonshire ironstone for the war effort can be judged by the fact that this loco was authorised to be built in 1942 when all such orders were subject to review by the authorities and only passed on merit for use in the war effort. The total production of Byfield iron ore was shipped via the ex SMJ line.
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