Wolverton Works online

Recording the history of the World's longest continually operating railway Works

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Gemini Rail Services operates Wolverton Works which is owned by St  Modwen the property developer. They have outline planning consent to demolish the Works and have to apply for detailed planning consent by November 2021 to enable the demolition to commence. As it stands, Gemini Rail Services are looking to remain in existing buildings such as the Lifting Shop, West repair and the former timber shop.  

Moving vehicles in Wolverton Works

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Traversers are used to move rail vehicles between workshops and despite what St Modwen contend, this is the most efficient way of shunting vehicles around the site. Any new railway works will incorporate a traverser, as Hitachi has done at their new IEP factory near Darlington. These images show how a vehicle is moved between sheds and out of the Works on low loaders. CAF at Newport is the latest Railway Works to install a traverser.

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The last four owners of Wolverton works.

Alstom who bought the works to carry out remedial work to their new train fleets to enable them to achieve safety accreditation were followed by Railcare who failed to make a go of the place but engaged with the community followed by Knorr-Bremse.


Also the rail gate near the connection with the national network but St Modwen own the rail over canal bridge on the other side of this gate.  

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