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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.

The next talk was on  10 April to Milton Keynes Museum supporters which attracted a full house and was the unveiling of a new talk 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, 13th June at Bradwell Abbey 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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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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