Wolverton Works and Royal Train 175th anniversary book


The official Wolverton Railway Works and Royal Train anniversary book

This book has 68 pages & over 100 illustrations dating from 1838 to 2013 and has sold over 1200 copies. It was written for the Wolverton Works 175th anniversary in 2013 and is the most recent book on this historic railway location which is now due for demolition by 2019.

It has raised £1000 to help pay for a World War 1 War Memorial to commemorate the 213 Wolverton Works’ men who died in that war as the LNWR did not erect one for some reason.

The book was written with full unhindered access to the Works over several years and complimented with a reproduction of an 1838 publication describing a rail journey between London Euston and Birmingham Curzon Street via Wolverton.

It is illustrated with images covering the 175 years of the World’s longest continually open standard gauge railway works compiled from the author’s collection, staff and official sources alike.

These include a look inside the current Royal Train accompanied with a full description of a private visit to the train by the author. The book also contains details of how the author stopped the train’s privatisation in 1997, told for the first time.

• The 1834 Wolverton railway & canal battle and Wolverton’s wartime activities
• Reproduction of an 1838 illustrated 8 page description of a journey on the London to Birmingham Railway plus Objectors details, construction delays and cost over-runs
• Camden shed, Primrose Hill and the Euston Arch illustrations from 1838
• Wolverton’s Royal Trains and how the Royal Train was saved from Government privatisation in 1997 – literally the inside story
• 1939 streamlined Duchess Royal Train & internal Royal Saloon illustrations.
• Wolvertons place in world railway history – Bloomers, Ambulance Trains, Royal & Coronation Scot carriages, Sausage & Theatre Vans
• LNWR/LMS/BR eras looked at along with EMU contracts & wagon works.
• Wolverton Works internal rail network views from the footplate
• Internal workshop and Royal Train Shed development
• Wolverton’s three stations, sporting and staff activities over the years

Written by career railwayman Phil Marsh who has been for years, the Railway Magazine Chief Correspondent, editor of and now on the editorial team of Railnews.