Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Engine Shed

If you stand above the bridge over McConnell Drive today you will get this view.

Only the rusted single line of track would indicate that this was once the main line from London to Birmingham.

Before Tesco, the same vantage point would have shown you this:

The building on the left, albeit with a different roof, was the first Engine Shed and the first building to be erected at Wolverton Station. As I have observed before, it was intended for the servicing and maintenance of the early steam engines. The original site was 8 acres and this building became the nucleus of a workshop development that spread over 80 acres and employed in its heyday almost 5,000.

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