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Phil Marsh and Chris Hillyard appeared in the Channel 5 documentary 'Secrets of The Royal Train' and both have been featured in the national press over the years. Chris used to run the train while Philip was asked to sell it in November 1997 and between us managed to keep it operative, unchanged & at Wolverton. The story is in 'The Full Works' book which has sold over 1600 copies.

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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 talks are as follows:

SELL OUT! The 14th January talk at Milton Keynes Museum was a brand new talk which looked at the buildings that make up today's Wolverton Works plus those demolished 30 years ago to make way for the Tesco development. This attracted an audience of around 100 crammed into a room designed for half that number with some having to stand as we ran out of seats! The talk will be repeated at the Bletchley Model Railway Club in April and again in the Ridgmont Station Visitor Centre at a date to be fixed.  


The talk scheduled for 1st September in Newport Pagnell about the London and Birmingham Railway, its construction and operation has been postponed until next year at a date to be arranged.


The series of four talks in conjunction with The Living Archive in September are part of the National Heritage Open Days project will be accompanied by a photographic exhibition. Tickets are available via The Living Archive website but are limited due to the social distancing guidelines.


The Living Archive Heritage Open Days talks are as follows:

National Heritage Open Days 2020 - Four lectures detailing the social, economic, railway and royal history of Wolverton Works, the World’s oldest continually open main line railway works. There will also be an associated photographic exhibition in The Bath House


13th Sept. 230pm. OBH. The 1830s construction and operation of the London & Birmingham Railway, how it created Wolverton and unified time in Great Britain for the first time.


14th September 8PM. FH. Wolverton Works, past, present and future, the inside story from the beginning


17th September. 8PM FH. Wolverton Works its Royal visitors and Trains from 1842 to 2020


20th September. 230PM. OBH Behind the Stratford Road wall and the lost buildings of Wolverton Works  


Event locations:

0BH – Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton MK12 5RL


FH - Foundation House. Aylesbury Street Wolverton MK12 5HX


Free admission - no pre bookings required.  

Each talk will last around 75 minutes plus time for a Q&A session


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 120 minutes. These make a great opportunity to buy The Full Works and professional quality images dating back to the 1860s.


In addition to the above, there are three others based on Wolverton: The construction and operation of the London and Birmingham Railway including 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 [email protected]

Above shows todays Royal Train inside Wolverton Works. 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 - including the Royal ironing board story!


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