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Brush Traction

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Brush Traction Ltd, a manufacturer and maintainer of railway locomotives, based at Loughborough in Leicestershire

1956 Brush Bagnall Traction Ltd, Loughborough, was renamed Brush Traction Ltd [1]. It had delivered 25 locomotives to Ceylon that year, and completed deliveries to Steel Co of Wales and the National Coal Board. Orders received from British Railways for 20 locomotives; also indirect benefits of modernisation programme in the form of orders for diesel engines for other locomotive makers.

1973 Traction Division supplied electrical equipment for 10 locomotives built by Hunslet Engine Co in connection with the new Anchor Steelworks at Scunthorpe[2]

1975 A subsidiary of Brush Electrical Machines, part of Hawker Siddeley.[3]

1996 Brush was acquired by FKI

2008 FKI was acquired by Melrose

2011 Melrose sold Brush Traction to the Wabtec Group

Brush Traction provides refurbishment and re-engineering services for rail vehicles

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 24 April 1956
  2. The Times February 12, 1973
  3. 1975 Advert