‘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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Ever keen to steal a
march on the competitors, namely the G.W.R, the L.M.S. thought to
tap into Stratford-Upon-Avon’s tourist potential. They bought a
large house near the town and named it the ‘Welcombe Hotel’,
introducing specials from Blisworth, they even ran evening
specials to connect at Blisworth with the line to Stratford from
London. In 1932 the LMS offe…
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