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


14 Milton Road

Willen Village

Milton Keynes MK15 9AD

Gemini Rail Services was formed to operate Wolverton and Springburn in Glasgow from November 2018 but in December 2018 the proposed closure of Springburn was announced. The business, when operated by Knorr Bremse Rail Services Ltd, lost tens of millions of pounds according to accounts lodged at Companies House. They show the parent comany had loaned over £53million at the end of 2017. We wish the new owners of the business every success.  Website updated on 14 May 2019.

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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