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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.


The last talk:


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:

26 Feb 2020 Houghtons and Brafield History Society   Wolverton and the Royal Train

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


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

Below: Works'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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