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%. Historic England Objected and a 2nd Hearing on 3 August 2017 was nullified due to 'procedural errors'. Another hearing was held on 25 September and Councillors voted narrowly in favour of demolition. Historic England presented their case against the demolition at the Judicial review on 23 May in Court 2 at The High Court in London.


Photo sales

All the photographs on this website and in 'The Full Works' are available for purchase. They are printed using professional epson equipment, inks and paper.


7X5 = £1.50 each plus £1.50 P&P.

A4 = £4. Each plus £2 P&P.

A3 = £7.50 each plus P&P. Please ask for details, as this will depend on delivery method.  Can deliver locally to avoid possible postal creasing.


NOTE: P&P is the same for up to 5 prints if ordered together.


All images in the book and on this website are protected by copyright.

Wolverton Works and Royal Train talks


The next talk is at Milton Keynes Museum on 10 April. This will feature a brand new illustrated talk based on London and Birmingham Railway tales from the 1830s to the turn of the century taken from five publications of the day.


Then its on 13 June in Loughton, Milton Keynes.


Details of other talks in will appear here shortly.


Phil Marsh, often accompanied by Wolverton Works' experts, gives special talks which can be structured to the audience and available time and can last between 45 and 90 minutes. These make a great opportunity to buy The Full Works and professional quality images dating back to the 1860s.


The talks have three main subject areas: The construction of te London and Birmingham Railway and an illustrated rail journey in 1838 from Euston to Birmingham via Wolverton, the history of the Wolverton Royal Train, the history of Wolverton Works including its contribution to the war effort.


All talks are digital and require a projector to plug in to the laptop.  


If your organisation would like a talk, please contact Phil Marsh on 07810 556252 or be email on

Above shows the corner of the 1869 Victoria's Royal Saloon. Below, an inside look at The Royal Train 70 years ago thanks to John Peters. The ironing board achieved fame at the launch of The Full Works when Leo Coleman regailed the audience at Milton Keynes Museum about why Queen Elizabeth was not amused with it on the 1977 Royal Train. This will be told at all talks in memory of Leo who is seen above talking to The Queen in December 1976.


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