‘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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Woodford and Hinton, later Woodford Halse station was on the GCR. In its early days there were limited passenger services on to the SMJ at Byfield, but in the latter days of the SMJ route its vast yards were an important provider of freight workings over the SMJ. Its shed (2F) provide many of the locos for these trains.
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