‘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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A view not often seen of the Avon bridge with Lucy's Mill in the background. The millrace tunnels which are still in place can be seen but today the mill is converted into luxury apartments. The footbridge on the upstream side can just be seen below the arches. The willows that often obscure this view have been pollarded and from evidence on the back of the photo the date is early in the 20th century possibley just in the last years of the E & W J Rly. This then is the bridge in its original form before the strengthening plates were installed (by the LMS) and further strengthening was carried out by BR in the late 1950's. Today the bridge carries heavy road traffic and is a tribute to the original promoters and builders of the East & West Junc Rly. For a view from the other side and comments please refer to my posting "The Avon Bridge" dated 2/2/2012.
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