The Royal Train & Wolverton Works 175th anniversary book official website


14 Milton Road

Willen Village

Milton Keynes MK15 9AD

The St Modwen Planning Application to demolish Wolverton Works was approved by Milton Keynes Council on 17 November 2016 - or was it? It lies within a Conservation Area, with affordable housing set at only 10% instead of the mandated 30% and the S106 grant set at £3million against the mandated £3.75million for 375 dwellings. Historic England have Objected and a 2nd Hearing on 3 August was nullified due to 'procedural errors'. Another hearing was held on 25 September and again Councillors voted in favour of demolition. Historic England has asked the Government to 'Call In' the decision and hold a public inquiry.  

Welcome to the Royal Train & Wolverton Works Official book website. The official 175th anniversary book is now available on-line via paypal - click here for details

Royal Trains have fascinated people worldwide for over 150 years as these rather special trains reflect social, royal and railway history across the world. 


Wolverton railway works in Milton Keynes has been the home of the UK Royal Train for just shy of 150 years and is seen above at Wolverton. The author has given many talks about The Royal Train - please contact him for details. Talks can be from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and tailored to the audience. These reflect the contents of the official authorised 175th anniversary book about Wolverton Works entitled 'The Full Works'. Plenty of Royal Train anecdotes from those who worked on it are recounted!


The Full Works contains over 100 images over 68 pages documenting the history of Wolverton Railway Works and was published to mark the Works' 175th anniversary in September 2013. It contains previously unpublished details of the UK Royal Train and how its proposed privatisation in 1997 was prevented - by the author. An update is provided with every book sold keeping the story up to date. Well over 1150 have been bought following continuing good reviews and feedback. These pictures show Royal Train at Derby in 1955 by R J Buckley to be published in a new History Series book by Brian Dickson and 50 years later at Wolverton. The 150 years of Royal Train plaque and an official LNWR postcard of Queen Alexandra's 1903 saloon.

Please note that all images on this site and in the book are strictly copyright protected but may be

purchased up to A3 size using professional printers, paper and inks. Please visit the shop page for details.

web book cover will now become a digital Works archive and will follow the demolition of the Works over the next few years. Click on the above link to visit the site. Site last updated on 12 October 2017 with new talks listed.

The Full Works is the official Wolverton Works 175th anniversary book and includes an in-depth look at The Royal Train. It retails at £5 plus £1.50 P&P from: Phil Marsh, 14 Milton Road, Willen Village, Milton Keynes MK15 9AD.

Left: 20 years ago the Diana funeral Royal Train Notice. Right: The Royal 47s leave Wolverton the day before after being repainted.

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