Wolverton Works online

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

Now on twitter @marshrail

Wolverton Works will probably be demolished over the next three years or so unless the China Railway Rolling Stock Company becomes the Works' operator  benefitting from a lease negotiated to last up to 25 years if the rumours are true. No new major orders have ben announced for a long time now at Wolverton.

NOTE: You are legally allowed to take photographs from the public car park by the Community Centre/Bath House despite Knorr-Bremse security guards actions.

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!


Phil Marsh and this website was featured on the 175th anniversary of the first Royal Train journey on the BBC on 12 June. The secrets briefly revealed in the long interview will be expanded at the following talks:

The next talk is on 5 December 630pm hosted by The Stony Stratford Rotary Club.

The first talk in 2018 has now been confirmed in Yardley Gobion on 4th January, then Sherrington on 13 February with other events on 12 June 2018 at Loughton and 12 September in Cogenhoe and Newport Pagnell in November 2018.

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 Royal Train in World War 1 and 2 and a traverser in action in 2010

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