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Gemini Rail Services operates Wolverton Works which is owned by St  Modwen the property developer. They have outline panning consent to demolish the Works and will soon be applying for detailed planning consent to enable the demolition to commence. A new Works will be provided for Gemini Rail Services.  

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.

 

Look out for the Living Archive to announce September dates for a series of four different Wolverton Works based talks as part of the National Heritage Open Days project. There will also be a photographic dislpay, probably taking pace in the Wolverton Bathouse.

 

The 14th January talk at Milton Keynes Museum appears to have been well received. There was standing room only when near on 100 people crammed into a room fit for 50 bespite Storm Brendan! The talk will be repeated at the Ridgmont Station Visitor Centre at a date to be decided. The talk is the 4th in a series about Wolverton Railway Works and looks at the buildings that make up today's Wolverton Works plus the lost buildings demolished in the huge scale demolition which 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 including the long lost signalbox and locomotive shed.  It also looks at the three Wolverton railway stations using archive material from the 1830s.

 

The next talks:

1st September 2020. Newport Pagnell Historical Society London to Birmingham by rail in the 1830s

 

National Heritage Open Days 2020 - Four lectures detailing the social, economic, railway and royal history of Wolverton Works, the World’s oldest continually open main line railway works. There will also be an associated photographic exhibition in The Bath House

 

13th Sept. 230pm. OBH. The 1830s construction and operation of the London & Birmingham Railway, how it created Wolverton and unified time in Great Britain for the first time.

 

14th September 8PM. FH. Wolverton Works, past, present and future, the inside story from the beginning

 

17th September. 8PM FH. Wolverton Works its Royal visitors and Trains from 1842 to 2020

 

20th September. 230PM. OBH Behind the Stratford Road wall and the lost buildings of Wolverton Works  

 

Event locations:

0BH – Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton MK12 5RL

 

FH - Foundation House. Aylesbury Street Wolverton MK12 5HX

 

Free admission - no pre bookings required.  

Each talk will last around 75 minutes plus time for a Q&A session

 

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 EusOBH -on 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,

Schools and libraries if required. To book a talk or exhibition:

Please call Phil Marsh on 07810 556252

Email cleekrail@btinternet.com

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Images The Works' internal steam fleet, the Original Lifting Shop which became the Royal Train Shed and inside the derelict Smithy.

Shunter 08629 left Wolverton for Chinnor after a 30 year stint at Wolverton. A traverser and an Ambulance Train carriage in 2009 and main pic a WW1 Ambulance Train at Wolverton. The Full Works book launch at MK Museum.

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