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Wolverton Works, Wolverton - September 2015

MAX

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@Session9 Yes a hand built vessel to last a lifetime, no doubt Teak off-cuts would have sufficed or maybe a bit of Mahogany! Failing that we did a nice line in Polyester Fibre Glass goods. Not sure paddling on an upturned carriage door would get you far though!  :shock:

Ah yes the APT, useless piece of junk! It visited the works for the 1988 open day, it was supposed to take centre stage along the main yard but where you see it in those photos is where it got stuck after the tilting mechanism failed. LOL, modern technology eh?!! Last time I saw it, it was laying rather sad looking under a hedge in some private railway, don't remember the name of the place, a mate took me to visit.

Uh.., MK1's, I hated those ugly rust buckets. I spent the first 4 years of my career working on those awful things. The saw mill was much nicer, it didn't have any trains inside.  :-D  

 

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Well, I must have missed the APT at the open day...it's at Crewe now, next to the WCML.

Have to disagree on the MK1 coaches, I rather like them, but I understand it must be a totally different cup of tea to try and fix the things up!

I think you could have made a great vessel with all those quality hardwoods at hand - sadly those crafts have largely gone forever....

 

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I wonder if you guys would care to share any other photos you might have of Wolverton Works? During my 9 years employment there I worked in pretty much the entire site so it all brings back memories for me. Maybe some of you have online storage I could download from perhaps? You'd make a sad old Wolverton worker very happy :)

For those of you who might be interested here's a few photos of the sawmill when I was working there. I can't take credit for these rather grainy old photos, they've been shared with me over the years.

#1 Top end of sawmill where timber enters the production process. Here the timber is rough cut to size before passing through the moulding machine housed in the grey box room on the right. This box room was built to minimize the noise from these machines.

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#2 Alternate view of moulding machine, viewed from opposite side.

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#3 View of circular bench saw (table saw) and routing machine

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#4 Tool sharpening room. The guy working at the bottom end is Ian, always hard at work ;)

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#5 Lastly here's one of me operating the Works Land Rover Fire Engine. Photo taken in 1987 during the works annual summer holidays. Those of us who worked in the brigade stayed on site during the closure for fire prevention measures and to service fire hydrants and extinguishers around the site. Oh happy days! I'm the younger one on the right. The other guy is Henry (Chief Fire Officer)

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Thanking you all in advance, Max
 
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