‘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"
The LMS boxboard BYFIELD currently available at Joe Nemeth's railwayana shop at Caldicot near old Severn Bridge ( website--junction railwayana ) Well worth a visit as probably the largest selection of railwayana available outside the auctions. A real treasure trove. I was told by Ian Lyman ( producer of East Midlands Steam DVD, containing smj lines footage) that many of the local signal boxes were burnt down after closure c.1966 complete with their name boards so the chances of finding one now must be slim, most survivors probably residing in long term private collections.
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