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Builder Products Notes
AB Andrew Barclay (Kilmarnock) Rail

Though based in Scotland this firm has a couple of connections to Leeds engine building, they built some Austerity 0-6-0ST's and were later taken over by Hunslet in the 1970s 
Works History

AE Avonside (Bristol) Rail

The original Avonside Engine Company was based in St Philips, Bristol, and founded in 1837 as Henry Stothert and Company. This firm had got into financial difficulties and was liquidated in the 1880s. A new company was formed using the Avonside name as the Avonside Locomotive Works, It ailed again in the 1930’s and was one of the locomotive companies who’s designs were taken over by Hunslet Engine Co. 
Works History

AK Alan Keef Rail

Builds a few replicas and rebuilt other locos 
Works History

AW Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd Rail
Road
Aviation/Military
Other Items

In 1847, the engineer William George Armstrong founded the Elswick works at Newcastle, to produce hydraulic machinery, cranes and bridges, soon to be followed by artillery, notably the Armstrong breech-loading gun, with which the British Army was re-equipped after the Crimean War. In 1882, it merged with the shipbuilding firm of Charles Mitchell to form Armstrong Mitchell & Company and at the time its works extended for over a mile (about 2 km) along the bank of the River Tyne. Armstrong Mitchell merged again with the engineering firm of Joseph Whitworth in 1897. The company expanded into the manufacture of cars and trucks in 1902, and created an "aerial department" in 1913, which became the Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft subsidiary in 1920.

In 1927, it merged with Vickers Limited to form Vickers-Armstrongs. 

Bar Barran Road

Built a few traction engines in 1865 
Works History

Barc Barclay (Kilmarnock) Rail

Though based in Scotland this firm has a connection to Leeds engine building as the firm was founded by Andrew Barclay. 
Works History

BASS Thornewill & Warham Rail
Other Items

Engineering business in Burton-on-Trent supplied engines mainly to the local breweries, four rebuilt by Hunslet 
Works History

BAW Babcock & Wilcox Rail
Other Items

Many Hunslet designed locomotives were built under licence in the workshops of Babcock & Wilcox located in Galindo (Vizcaya) quite a few parts were made by the Jack Lane works for these. 
Works History

BE Brush Electric Rail

Brush (Loughborough) was previously known as the Falcon works and they built a few Leeds trams as sub-contractors. 
Works History

Berlin Johann Friedrich Krigar Rail

Made a few Blenkinsop type of locos 
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BFC Bundaberg Foundry Co Ltd Rail

Fowler and Hunslet designed products built in Australia. 
Works History

BLW Baldwin Locomotive Works Rail

Famous USA locomotive builder. 
Works History

BP Beyer Peacock Rail

Built a few Kitson Meyer locomotives in 1913 
Works History

D Dübs Rail

This later became part of North British in Glasgow. 
Works History

DeW De Winton Rail
Machine Tools
Other Items

Based in Caernarfon this firm built a few vertical boilered locos mainly for the slate industry. 
Works History

EE English Electric

Some items jointly built with Leeds builders 

EEDK English Electric (Preston) Rail

English Electric (Preston) previously Dick Kerr built a few items as sub-contractors for Leeds. 
Works History

Electro Electromobile Rail

Built some electric locos, based in Otley not to be confused with the company from London with similar name. 
Works History

EXE Exmoor Steam Rly Rail

Built a replica Quarry Hunslet 
Works History

Ganz Hunslet Ganz Rail
Other Items

Budapest company 51% owned by Hunslet 
Works History

GR Grant Ritchie & Co Rail
Other Items

Formed in Kilmarnock by some ex Andrew Barclay workers. 
Works History

HAB Hunslet-Barclay Rail

This is the name as later adopted by Andrew Barclay upon merger with Hunslet in Leeds. Many items carry a works number in the normal Hunslet range. 
Works History

HAF Hartley Arnoux and Fanning Rail
Other Items

Later merged into the Kerr Stewart company 
Works History

HL Hawthorn Leslie Rail

Newcastle based company who manufactured a few diesel locos powered by McLaren diesel engines. 

HTC Hunslet Taylor Consolidated Rail

Hunslet's South African partners, over 2000 Hunslet Taylor locomotives were built for the African market in the works set up in Johannesburg by Hunslet personnel. Some work was sent to Leeds, including new boilers for overhauling Garratt locomotives 
Works History

JS John Smith Rail
Other Items

This Bradford firm produced one loco 
Works History

KS Kerr Stuart (Stoke on Trent) Rail

This famous Staffordshire company made many locos on behalf of Robert Hudson. All of the diesel locos made used McLaren engines from Leeds. Upon the company having financial difficulties the designs and name were taken over by Hunslet Engine Co. The last steam engine built for industry (Trangkil) was a KS design built by Hunslet in 1971. 
Works History

L Lister Rail

Engine was rebuilt at Abbey Light Railway in Leeds 
Works History

MR Motor Rail Rail

Engines have been rebuilt in Leeds or using components supplied from the city. 
Works History

NER North Eastern Railway Rail

This is one of the mainline railway companies that was formed from some of the companies that operated into Leeds from both the north and east of the city. Some locos were built in the sheds at Leeds (Holbeck) before there was a dedicated workshop. 
Works History

P Peckett Rail

Bristol based competitor to Avonside which was previously Fox Walker. 

RH Ruston and Hornsby Rail

Engine was rebuilt at Abbey Light Railway in Leeds 
Works History

RS Robert Stephenson Rail
Road

Some of the early ploughing engines were built by this maker on behalf of John Fowler prior to him stetting up the Steam Plough works in Leeds. 
Works History

RSH Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn (Darlington etc) Rail
Road

Though based in the North East there are a couple of links to Leeds engine building. Many of the locomotive orders built at the Round Foundry were subcontracted from Robert Stephenson, a century later Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn built some of Hunslet's Austerity 0-6-0ST's. After Kitson had closed the goodwill was transferred to RSH so when Corby wanted. Some of the early Fowler ploughing engines were built by RSH. 
Works History

S Sentinel Rail
Road

Rebuilt a few engines with new boilers and cylinders 
Works History

SCH Schöma Rail

Christoph Schöttler Maschinenfabrik, Diepholz, Germany rebuilt some of the HE locos used in the construction of the Channel Tunnel as standard gauge shunters. 
Works History

Sko Skoda Rail
Road
Other Items

Pilsen in the Czech republic 
Works History

SUN Carret and Marshall Rail
Road
Other Items

The Sun Foundry on Dewsbury Road was one of a few works set up by Charles Todd, it built fairly few locomotives, though one of them was the first to run in South Africs. They went in to building steam powered pumps and after a few changes of ownership became part of the Sulzer group 
Works History

TAY Taylor Rail

One locomotive in Howrah museum claims to be built by this maker in Leeds and is wrong. Further research has revealed the loco to have been made by Vulcan Foundry 3134/1915 as a 0-6-0CT for the East Bengal Railway as a pair (VF 3133/1915) used at Kanchrapura works. It now carries a spurious Indian Railway 3134 number and is preserved without the crane. 
Works History

TC Thwaites and Carbutt Rail
Other Items

This Bradford firm produced a few locos 
Works History

TH Thomas Hill Rail

They rebuilt a few locomotives with new engines and bodies. Later part of RFS. 
Works History

TVR Taff Vale, West Yard Cardiff Rail

Built a few locos to Kitson design for own use 
Works History

VF Vulcan Foundary (Newton le Willows) Rail

Built some Austerity 0-6-0ST's 
Works History

WB W G Bagnall (Stafford) Rail

Built some Austerity 0-6-0ST's for the history please read Bagnalls of Stafford by Allan C Baker & TD Allen Civil. ISBN978 0 9544546 2 3 
Works History

WBC William Beardmore Rail
Road
Aviation/Military
Other Items

An attempt was made during the 1920s to diversify into the manufacture of railway locomotives at Dalmuir. Beardmore's locomotive production was small compared with the established competition. 
Works History

Wigan Robert Daglish Rail

Made at least a couple of Blenkinsop locos by arrangement. They may have been built by Haigh Foundry also in Wigan. 
Works History

Win Winson Rail

Made a replica Kerr Stuart Tattoo for Corris 
Works History

Wkm D Wickham (Ware) Rail

Supplied a few items to R Hudson. 
Works History

YE Yorkshire Engine Co Rail

Built some Austerity 0-6-0ST's at the Meadowhall works in Sheffield see Yorkshire Engine Co by Tony Vernon for more details. ISBN 978 0 7524 4530 4 
Works History

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