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    The Works were originally used for the maintenance and repairs of locomotives purchased from outside firms. Two locomotives were built there between 1845 and 1846 and one more in 1848, however following the extension of the buildings and an improvement in the facilities, they were turned out in quantity. When production finally ceased 1863 they had produced over 166 loco's.
    In 1901, Wolverton was the first railway works to use electricity for lighting and driving machinery throughout. All coaches for principal services now included corridor connections and were mounted on bogies instead of radial trucks. A new royal train was built in 1903.





    In 1923, when the LNWR merged into the LMS, wagon building was introduced. Such work continued after nationalisation but, in 1962, Wolverton ceased production of new stock. From 1926 the works was supplied with electricity from Northampton Power station.



    The works is divided from Wolverton itself by a wall that extended almost completely along the front of the town and which still bears visible traces of the paint that was used to camouflage it during the Second World War. (During the war, two bombs and an incendiary fell on Wolverton town and another on New Bradwell village, on the other side of the track).
    During the war, Wolverton joined in a joint venture with other workshops, railway and private, to produce Horsa gliders for the D-Day airborne assault. It also repaired Whitley bombers, Hawker Typhoon wings and converted some seven hundred commercial motor vans into armoured vehicles.
    Although no new general service carriages were built, twenty four vehicles were built in 1977 for the Royal Mail, and twenty one diesel multiple units for the Northern Ireland Railways.



    Today, part of the original works site has become a Tesco supermarket.





































    Explored in the good company of kingrat, lilli and Section8 many thanks guys for showing me around and on a final note I can say from experience that the floors in this place are a deathtrap you can't relax for 1 second.

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    Whoa nice one! Lovely spaces, lovely light, lovely photos! Loving the prime shots, some really fascinating details.
    Lol, any of the original shots would make a good album cover! :p
    You should be well happy with that set mate!
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    Good stuff! Very interesting.
    Why go through a door when there's a perfectly good window?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Whoa nice one! Lovely spaces, lovely light, lovely photos! Loving the prime shots, some really fascinating details.
    Lol, any of the original shots would make a good album cover! :p
    You should be well happy with that set mate!
    You know where to find them bud when you want them :)

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    Very, very nice and a great report thanks. I'm told theres one or two bits and bobs at Bletchley sidings......

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    Was a good little jaunt, even of you were more attracted to gravity than us

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    Lovely set fella. Must get together again soon.

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    love the shoe shot.
    looks like a great site for the map...
    TRUST NOONE:GEEK:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingRat View Post
    Lovely set fella. Must get together again soon.
    Defo King mate really good to see you again and a very enjoyable explore...glad I could provide a little entertainment too :)

    Cheers Sectionate good to meet you too bud.

    Strider I kid you not be careful if you visit...I can see that it will not be long before someone really falls foul of the site. On standard wooden floors at least you can judge the state of the floors this place you have no clue what will happen when you plant your foot.

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    nice stuff here martin:)
    “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit...and sharing is an act of kindness..dont be afraid to ask..i own none of what i explore..”

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