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Falcon Engine and Car Works

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December 1889.
1888. No 165. Manufacturers name plate from a Broad Gauge locomotive in the Azores (2015).
September 1913.

of Loughborough

Previously the Falcon Works of Henry Hughes and Co and Hughes's Locomotive and Tramway Engine Works

1882 April. Falcon Engine and Car Works was formed as a new company with capital of £60,000.[1]

1882 April. Announced that Norman Scott Russell will join the Falcon Engine and Car Works as chief manager.[2]

1882 July. Serious fire destroys the works.[3]

1883 Due to a recession, Henry Hughes and Co (or Hughes's Locomotive and Tramway Engine Works) was in financial difficulties. The company was taken over by Norman Scott Russell and renamed the Falcon Railway Plant Works. The factory remained busy with both railway and tramway locomotives and rolling stock. Among these were tank locomotives for Ireland, Spain and the Azores. Some were subcontracts from other firms, such as Kerr, Stuart and Co, at that time in Glasgow.

1883 Kerr, Stuart and Co of Glasgow acted as agents for their locomotives.

1885 Albert Wootton worked at Falcon Engine and Car Works[4]

1885 Gold medal for invention of tramway locomotive

1885 Petition for winding up Falcon Engine and Car Works Ltd[5]

1886 Exhibited road and rail truck (Perrett's patent) at Liverpool

1887 W. Wallace Duncan was chairman

1889 Supplied the tram cars for the Northfleet tramway. [6]

1889 Amalgamation leading to the formation of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co. '...the following Special Resolutions were duly confirmed: - That the Provisional Agreement made the 12th day of July, 1889, between the Falcon Engine and Car Works Limited of the one part, and a Trustee for the Company intended to be formed and proposed to be called the Brush Electrical Engineering Company Limited.... the Company be wound up voluntarily; and that Mr. John Henry Hill Duncan and Mr. Emile Garcke be and they are hereby appointed Liquidators for the purposes of such winding up...'[7]

The Brush Company continued to build railway engines and rolling stock at Loughborough.

1897 The Falcon Engine and Car Works offered locomotives, railway and tramway rolling stock, and omnibuses.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post - Friday 07 April 1882
  2. London Evening Standard - Saturday 29 April 1882
  3. Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 15 July 1882
  4. I Mech E records
  5. The London Gazette 30 June 1885
  6. The Engineer 1889/03/15 p221
  7. The London Gazette Publication date:20 August 1889 Issue:25966 Page:4539
  8. The Engineer 1897/05/14