‘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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In former times just about everything and everybody had a nickname, a trend that seems to be becoming unfashionable or not PC. The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway had its share. Slow Miserable and Jolting ( with variations; substitute 'Mouldy' for 'Miserable' or 'Jolty' for 'Jolting' ) was pretty universally used. The Bread and Herring was another. As a child my gran told me the…
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