1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Knorr-Bremse, Wolverton Works - May 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Session9, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    585
    Likes Received:
    100
    History

    Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line.

    The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday.

    As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end.

    Knorr-Bremse is the current owner of the site (German don't you know and the biggest manufacturer of train braking systems in the world), having taken it over (with Glasgow Works), following the collapse of former owners Railcare in September 2013.


    The explore

    I have had a life long obsession with railways only equaled by all things derelict, so when the two come together it can only mean a perfect mooch!
    As has been widely reported on here the floors (as is the roof) are in a very poor state and despite treading gingerly, i still managed to submerge my leg through the floor (only the floor suffered :)).

    Explored in the excellent company of Hamtagger and a non member.


    After a considerable fit of hysterics at our access we managed to calm down sufficiently to operate our machines for a few snaps:

    Smithy Shop
    Built in 1860 and extended in 1900, this shop is now home to a good selection of well established foliage covering an area of 350 feet long by 90 feet wide. I remember "wandering" into the Smithy during the 1988 open day, three years after the shop was relocated into the Old Iron Stores; finally moving to the Top Shed in 1987. Sadly, my pictures are not worth reproducing here.

    [​IMG]
    1. At one time 400 men alone worked in the Smithy, including Boilermakers, Forgemen and Springmakers. Today, less than 300 are employed at Wolverton.


    [​IMG]
    2. A glimpse of the cellars under the Smithy.


    Carpenters/Joiners Shop and Sawmill
    Opened between 1860 and 1865 the shop included a narrow gauge railway for transporting logs on wagons for processing. The shop would have been responsible for all wooden parts on carriages together with the manufacture of all furniture, cabinets and office fittings for the London and North Western Railway. The last notices posted are for 1989, so it can be assumed the shop moved to its new home in the West Repair Shop at this time.
    The late eighties witnessed great changes at Wolverton; many older carriages with wooden fittings were being withdrawn at this time and therefore the maintenance capacity was no longer required and the works had been demoted into a repair only facility in 1987, as apposed to having the facilities to build new trains. The works concentrated on the western end of the site and much workshop space was closed, with new homes and a supermarket built on vacant land.

    [​IMG]
    3. The narrow gauge tracks are visible (complete with cross overs, not shown here).


    [​IMG]
    4. Looking the other way.


    [​IMG]
    5. MK3 seats. Note the ashtrays!


    [​IMG]
    6. The outer suburban "slammers", built for the London Midland and Eastern Region. I remember them well...


    [​IMG]
    7.


    [​IMG]
    8. Who remembers a stray spring making life uncomfortable on a crowded train?


    [​IMG]
    9. YOU WILL take your holidays at this time.


    [​IMG]
    10.


    [​IMG]
    11.


    [​IMG]
    12. The tool sharpening room.


    [​IMG]
    13.


    Carpenters/Joiners Shop and Sawmill - basement

    [​IMG]
    14.


    [​IMG]
    15.


    [​IMG]
    16.


    [​IMG]
    17. MK1 Sleeper doors. These are very heavy doors with a steel constructed frame. Considering the MK1 Sleeper carriages were all withdrawn by the mid 1980's with classified overhauls finishing much earlier, they have been here for some time. The protruding cylindrical metal is a door stop.


    [​IMG]
    18. A selection of MK1 and MK2 carriage tables.


    [​IMG]
    19.


    Thanks for looking folks! :)
     

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. wellingtonian

    wellingtonian Subterráneo
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2013
    Messages:
    947
    Likes Received:
    415
    Interesting stuff. Cheers :thumb
     
  3. The Lone Shadow

    The Lone Shadow Industrial Fanatic!
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    304
    Likes Received:
    111
    Great selection of pictures S9! Sounds like a difficult mooch at times.
    I've heard many stories about all about the sketchy access routes and death trap floors/roofs.
    I guess there are only a few years left before it is unreachable.

    The Lone Shadow
     
  4. Oxygen Thief

    Oxygen Thief Admin
    Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2005
    Messages:
    5,472
    Likes Received:
    1,503
    Home Page:
    I love seeing pictures from here, a real insight every time. Cheers.
     
  5. elliot5200

    elliot5200 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    29
    Great set S9, strange seeing a report from you not in a hospital :p:
     
  6. Southside UE

    Southside UE 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2013
    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    2
    great effort s9 nice to see some different shots of this place, never tire of seeing this one..
     
  7. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2013
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    25
    Nice report and nice to see some different photographs, this is a great explore, and ive just treated myself to a 50MM f1/8 lens so wouldn't mind going back and getting some close up of stuff in the place, it would be ideal for that as you have shown ;)
     
  8. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    585
    Likes Received:
    100
    Thanks all for your kind comments - its certainly broken into my all time 'top ten favorite mooches'.

    @elliot5200: sorry to throw you there mate, normal service will resume shortly! :)
     
  9. Kaplan

    Kaplan Procrastinator
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2011
    Messages:
    424
    Likes Received:
    106
    Home Page:
    Looks quite interesting this.


    I'd have that sign up on my living room wall :thumb
     
  10. Els

    Els Obsessed with BS7671
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,017
    Likes Received:
    195
    Any problems here, see me after class.
     
  11. The Kwan

    The Kwan funksoul Brother
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,674
    Likes Received:
    683
    Oooh Errr, detention ...I can feel 1000 lines coming on :D
     
  12. catbalou

    catbalou off the wall
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    56
    some brilliant shots there, particularly liking the signage. Always been a place i fancied having a mooch about.
    Good stuff :thumb
     
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in