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Report - Wolverton Railway Works - Buckinghamshire - April 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Rik UE, May 26, 2014.

  1. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    Wolverton Railway Works​


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    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.

    My Visit​

    Visited with Southside Assassin, was a great explore, for some reason I wasn't expecting much from Wolverton, perhaps just the description of Railway works and not being a trainspotter, it didn't really get my juices flowing.
    I couldn't have been more wrong!! Once inside I could see this was going to be a great explore, it has everything, high parts, underground cellars, industrial equipment, in fact I would liken it to a mini Millennium Mills type explore. We mooched around for 5hrs in this place, I loved it! Once again thank you to Southside Assassin for introducing me to this little nugget. The place
    is mostly made of wood, so hasnt stood the test of time very well, its very spongy and downright dangerous in some places, not sure how much longer this place has left, not long!

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    The Cellars


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    Lower Floor​


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    1st Floor​


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    Thank you for looking!
     

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  2. 1nk4

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    the more i see of this the greater the urge gets to visit
     
  3. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    I enjoyed it as well, great explore :)

    Do it as soon as you can, before it rots more and disintegrates :)
     
  4. Session9

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    Great set Rik! Sure is a good old fashioned mooch :)
     
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    Nice write up, some of those photos are a bit creepy!
     
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    Thanks for comments guys, was a great mooch! One of the most enjoyable :)
     
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    Nice report mate! :thumb
     
  8. Rik UE

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    Received info that Wolverton is being demolished very soon,.
     
  9. Session9

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    Do you know when Rik? I thought they were talking about the summer....
     
  10. 1nk4

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    theres a meeting very soon in MK about this, if i can attend i'll let everyone know whts going down
     
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    how do you get in?
     
  12. ZerO81

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    You are never going to get a reply to this question, especially with your first post!

    If you are interested in being involved in this community, you need to put up an introduction thread and then post some reports, the more people see from you, the more help you will get.
     
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