Wolverton Works online

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

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Wolverton Works will probably be demolished over the next three years or so unless the China Railway Rolling Stock Company becomes the Works' operator  benefitting from a lease negotiated to last up to 25 years if the rumours are true. No new major orders have ben announced for a long time now at Wolverton.

NOTE: You are legally allowed to take photographs from the public car park by the Community Centre/Bath House despite Knorr-Bremse security guards actions.

Wolverton Works, Royal Train and rail travel in 1838 talks


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. There is no charge for these talks but travel expenses would be appreciated!


The first talk in 2018 was arranged by The Yardley Gobion History Society on 4th January which attracted a record attendance of over 60 people.

The next talk at Sherrington also attracted a crowd double the normal size who were annoyed about the lack of action over the War Memorial by St Modwen, Knorr-Bremse and their brushing off Mark Lancaster MP on the subject.

Milton Keynes Museum on 10 April will see a new talk offered for the first time, based on the construction and operation of the London to Birmingham Railway, and taking us up to 1900. It will be highlighting the things that happened on the railways throughout this period documented by the first clerk to be employed on the LBR.  

Then its on 12 June 2018 at Loughton and 12 September in Cogenhoe.

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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Jack Boskett is one of the best UK railway photographers around today. He is giving a talk on his experiences photographing railways, grandmothers including HM The Queen and other subjects. Not to be missed.