Wolverton’s Royal Train secrets are set to be revealed by the man who built it 40 years ago and the man who saved it 17 years ago.
A special talk has been arranged by the Milton Keynes branch of Parkinson’s UK on Wednesday, May 28 at 2pm at Centrecom, North Row, in Milton Keynes, adjacent to the main Milton Keynes library.
Leo Coleman was decorated by The Queen for project managing the construction of The Royal Train 40 years ago at Wolverton Works. He will be talking about this and his Royal Train experience which dates back to the start of the Second World War. One of his first jobs at Wolverton Works, when he was a young lad, was to fit the train with a telephone system. He is now nearing his 92nd birthday and will be talking about travelling with the Royal Family on their train.
The other speaker will be Phil Marsh, the man tasked by Railtrack to privatise the Royal Train in 1997 and author of the official Wolverton Works 175th anniversary book ‘The Full Works’. He will be showing photographs of the Wolverton Royal Train dating back almost 150 years and will recount how he and the Royal Train foreman in 1997 defied secret instructions to sell The Royal Train.
Sales of the book are generating funds, to be doubled by Wolverton Works’ owners Knorr-Bremse, to provide a War Memorial to the 213 Wolverton Works men who died in the First World War, an omission by the London & North Western Railway Company.
Money can’t buy raffle prizes at the talk.
A couple of very special raffle prizes will be on offer at the Royal Train talk.
Wolverton Works has offered a very rare chance to have a guided tour round the Works for four people for a £5 donation to the War Memorial fund. The places will be offered as a prize in a raffle in aid of Parkinson’s UK.
The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway has offered a very special day out on a steam train their later this year.
The talk is due to last an hour with free entry. Further details are available at www.wolverton175.co.uk