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Gemini Rail Services has been formed to operate Wolverton Works and Springburn in Glasgow from November 2018, The latter was closed in July. Knorr Bremse Rail Services Ltd accounts lodged at Companies House show that a loss in excess of £50million was reported in the five years of their oeration. We wish the new owners of the business every success and Gemini is contacting the local community, a welcome development.

Talks about Wolverton Works, Royal Train and rail travel in 1838 on the London & Birmingham Railway (and its construction).


There are a range of Wolverton Works' talks available for local community and history groups, schools, and rail enthusiast clubs.

These are digital and Phil Marsh will be your speaker, all you have to provide is a venue and a digital projector  to use with a laptop. Talks can be on any or all of the above subjects and can be structured to the time available up to a maximum of 100 minutes.


The next talks:

16 October in Stony Stratford at the St Mary and St Giles School

8 November to the Northants Industrial Archeology Group in Northampton

27 November at the Pottersbury Historical Society

26 Feb 2020 Houghtons and Brafield History Society  


A new talk based on the construction and operation of the London to Birmingham Railway, and taking us up to 1900 has been trialled and proved very successful.  It is a  mixture of images from 1835 to 1900 and accompanied by anecdotes taken from 1830s documentation including from David Stevenson, the first clerk to be employed on the LBR.  Talks include a rail journey on the London & Birmingham Railway from Euston to Birmingham in 1838, a look at and inside the Royal Train, including the one used today plus the history of Wolverton Works. A major part of this history concerns the two World Wars and a 1914 Wolverton Works ambulance train is seen below. The other image is from 1890 and shows the Body Shop.


Exhibitions tracing the Works' history and/or The Royal Train are also available for organisations, Scools and libraries if required. To book a talk or exhibition, please call Phil Marsh on 07810 556252 or email cleekrail@btinternet.com

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Below: The Full Works book launch at MK Museum, signalling in 1838 and a Wolverton Ambulance train

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It's 1837 and the first trains are running through Camden cutting outside Euston under a hot air balloon. Meanwhile Kilsby tunnel excavation works continue near Rugby.

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