‘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'
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I was browsing through some very old notebooks.
One included a Sunday visit to Newport Ebbw Junction loco shed in February 1962.
Amonst the 100+ locos were two (at least) austerities from Woodford Halse.
Presumably these had worked over the SMJ to Stratford, then via the 1960 link to Honeybourne, then Gloucester (?).
I remember South Wales locos being pretty common at Woodford and assumed…
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