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.

The Executive


The UK Royal Train consists of up to 9 carriages but often runs with less on an 'as required basis'. The carriages used by HM The Queen and HRH Prince Charles carry Royal Crests, have double doors and and are known as the Royal Saloons. These are seen on the below left while below right is the detail of the 'By Royal Appointment' acknowledgment carried on the DB Cargo Royal locomotives. Below that is the interiors of the 1903 Queen Alice's Saloon is depicted along with the locomotive used for the 1901 Queen Victoria funeral train. These and many more Royal Train images are available for sale - visit the shop page for details. A lucky few people are entitled to wear a Royal Train tie of which the Jubilee version is shown below. The four versions of the tie are not for sale to the public.

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The Royal Train

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Above is a personally signed postcard by two future English Kings thanking an engine driver for showing them round an engine shed!

Leo Coleman (left) and Chris Hillyard look at their Royal Train memorabilia. Leo project managed the 1976 Royal Train construction and Chris Hillyard was the last Royal Train Foreman and retired in 2010. The Royal Train is seen at Church Street Crossing from McConnel Drive in Wolverton and shunting on Haversham Bank in 2015.

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