Works body shop, high volt test bay

The next building in the works past and present is the works body shop. Built in 1865 the works body shop is large building with four gable ends  and also has two water towers on each side. All the wood comes from the sawmill all cut and shaped and ready to be assembled.

The carriage under frames are sent from the frame shop into the body shop where the carriage floors are laid out and the carriage sides are erected then the roof is placed on the top and then all the doors are hung.

This shop suffered a major fire which was the works first fire. This was in 1880 when the shop was destroyed. Only some of the walls were left standing. The shop was quickly rebuilt some time after the 1950s. I think it was the body shop that became the high volt test bay and the paint shop. The high volt test bay has 12 positions for the final inspection where all coaches are joined with trailer cars to make full train sets and are given their final inspection and test of EMUs

Along the EMU site is the area where the final inspection and test of the dual heating of mk1 and mk2, the air conditioning, is all tested in this shop. Also within this building 6 roads are taken up as the paint shop technology has greatly  affected this shop…Today, 2011 the shop had been demolished and now half of the land is a car park the the other half of the land is on railcare’s land and you still see where the roads of this building were.


About Phillip

I enjoy drawing/sketching in my spare time. I became a volunteer at Living Archive through being greatly interested in the history of Wolverton railway works, I have always had an interest in the works from a young boy as my grandpa worked in the offices. To me the history of Wolverton Railway Works is such an extraordinary and amazing thing. I am also michael jacksons biggest fan and have been from the age of 5
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