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.  

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 within a 30 minute drive of Wolverton.

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 Living Archive arranged a series of four different Wolverton Works based talks as part of the National Heritage Open Days project which like other talks have been postponed until it is safe to resume them.


The newest talk is the 4th in a series curated 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. It features 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 subject to Government advice are::

The talk scheduled for 1st September 2020 with the Newport Pagnell Historical Society, London to Birmingham by rail in the 1830s has been postponed and a new date will be posted as soon as possible which is likely to be in November 2021.


The Living Archive Heritage Open Days talks plannedfor 2020 will hopefully go ahead in 2021. Details will be posted here when I have them and on The Living Archive website.

Four lectures detailing the social, economic, railway and royal history of Wolverton Works, the World’s oldest continually open main line railway works with an associated photographic exhibition in The Bath House. The talks were entitled:


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


Wolverton Works, past, present and future, the inside story from the beginning


Wolverton Works its Royal visitors and Trains from 1842 to 2020


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



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.

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 or Email [email protected]

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