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The introduction of passenger railways in the 1820s was followed by an incredible growth in this new form of transport. Private companies were being formed to build and operate the railways and the route between London and Birmingham was an obvious opportunity. When the London and Birmingham Railway was formed in 1833, the railway company needed to build a works somewhere on the line to build and maintain the equipment.
The small village of Wolverton, approximately halfway along the proposed line, was selected. Within a few years Wolverton Works was the largest railway works in the world.
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