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Clarkson (of Chelmsford)

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1903. Steam Omnibus.
May 1904.
May 1904.
May 1904.
1950. Outside view of the Clarkson steam bus engine with 'Joy' valve gear[1]

Thomas Clarkson produced steam buses at Moulsham Works, Chelmsford.

1903 Motor Show Chelmsford Steam Cars exhibited:

  • Chelmsford Touring Car, for six people; may be used as a station bus.
  • Chelmsford Covered Tonneau, for four.
  • Chelmsford Business Van, to carry 40 cwt.

as well as Clarkson Burner, with Automatic Regulator, as fitted to Chelmsford Cars by Clarkson and Capel Steam Car Syndicate:

  • High-power Clarkson Burner. Radiators.
  • Chelmsford Engine with automatic lubrication
  • Large Working Model of Clarkson's Automatic Lubricator.

1905 Motor Show: Clarkson showed its latest pattern of steam chassis for double-deck omnibuses fitted with the new automatic semi-flash boiler.

1905 March. Details of their double-deck and single-decksteam bus.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

1905 September. Details of their double-deck steam bus.[9]

1909 Thomas Clarkson started the National Steam Car Co to run steam buses in London in competition with the London General Omnibus Co (LGOC).

1910 Annual report in Coventry Archives[10]

1919 the National Steam Car company reached agreement with the LGOC to withdraw from bus operation in London, and steam bus services ceased later that year.

1933 Thomas Clarkson died.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris