‘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"
For interest this is a nice example of a Bird's ginger beer bottle. I wonder what it tasted like ! There is one pictured in black and white in arthur jordans classic book The Shakespeare Route, with a Flowers bottle, as having been on sale in the Old Station Refreshment Rooms at Stratford His mother Mrs May Jordan was manageress. A wonderful book which inspired my interest in the unique railway that was the smjr.
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