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


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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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                 Wolverton Works 175th anniversary, Wartime Railways & The Royal Train

Wolverton Works' 175th anniversary was marked with with a 68 page book gaining fabulous reviews in the railway and national press. The book looks at Wolverton Works, The London to Birmingham Railway and its subsequent 175 year journey through wartime and its significant Royal Train history, The author was allowed exclusive access inside Wolverton Works and had a private tour of The Royal Train in 1997. This was because he had been tasked with privatising The Royal Train and this story is revealed on the book.


A reprint of an 1838 eight page article is contained in the book detailing a trip between London, Wolverton and Birmingham by rail. It is a first-hand social and railway history setting the scene in year two of Queen Victoria's  reign.


The book is available by post from the author, at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, Wolverton Age UK bookshop (by the LNWR Fire Station), and the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.


NOTE: All books purchased direct from the author will contain 'The next chapter' which brings the story up to the takeover by Knorr-Bremse and the latest contract and redevelopment proposals.


The book costs £6.50 inc P&P by post from:

W175 Book Offer

14 Milton Road

Willen Village MK15 9AD

Cheque payable to P Marsh please.


Top pictures show The Royal Train in 1947 in what was Rhodesia and the Wolverton 'Royal' Class 47s


50p from each book from the first thousand sales has been donated to the Wolverton Works World War One War Memorial fund.

Wolverton Works lost 214 men in World War 1 and the LNWR did not erect a War Memorial to these heroes. Various fund-raisng activities including book sales over the last 18 months has ensured that a memorial will be erected in 2016. Knorr-Bremse, the current ownersof Wolverton Works have kindly doubled the funds raised and te memorial is now ready for erection once planning pernmission is obtained. St Modwen have said that they do not wish to help with applying for planning consent for this memorial. This finally unveiled in September 2019 with assistance from Gemini Rail, Railway Heritage Trust and Wolverton and Greenleys Council.

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