Wolverton Works online

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

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Gemini Rail Services now operates Wolverton Works and until closure in July 2019, Springburn Works in Glasgow. Previous operators 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 operation.

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:

27 November at the Pottersbury Historical Society

14 January at Milton Keynes Museum. This will be a brand new talk which will look at the buildings that make up today's Wolverton Works plus how huge scale demolition took place 30 years ago to make way for the Tesco development. This will feature a high proportion of previously useen images including inside the derelict buildings.

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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Above: Inside the derelict buildings in 2016. The subject of a new talk on 14th January at Milton Keynes Museum

Below: Woks'shunters, an Ambulance Train carriage at Wolverton in 2009, The Full Works book launch at MK Museum, and a WW1 Wolverton built Ambulance train

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