The Wolverton Works archive contains drawings of early locomotives, carriages and wagons, it also contains images of intricately designed fittings.
These fittings show off the glamour of travel in early 19th century railway carriages as well as the proud and painstaking work behind it.
This beautifully designed switch plate would allow the passenger to adjust their light and fan from their seat as well as being able to call for an attendant. See the note in the top right hand corner ‘slick silent switches fitted for s [sleeping] car 8406’
Even the hooks from the back of sleeping car doors are carefully coloured and shaded.
This drawing, showing door handles between first class smoking carriages is functional but beautiful in its own way, like many other engineering drawings in the archive even the grain of the wood is shown.
You can come and see the Wolverton archive for yourself. The archive catalogue is listed on this page under ‘Wolverton Works’ and details of how to come and view material in Search Engine can be found here