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Lowca Engineering Co

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March 1888. A hauling engine with duplicate helical gearing in the ratio of 5 to 1, and a friction clutch.
Clinker Screening Plant. 1907.

of Lowca, near Whitehaven, Cunberland

1794 Heslop and Millward established the Lowca Engine Works

1857 Fletcher, Jennings and Co took over the business of Tulk and Ley of the Lowca Engine Works.

The company concentrated on building four and six-coupled industrial tank locomotives.

By 1884, 171 locomotives had been built. Henry Allason Fletcher retired. The company acquired limited liability status as the Lowca Engineering Co.

1905 The name changed again to the New Lowca Engineering Co but it was short-lived. Orders had fallen.

1909 Produced the Lowca tractor unit designed by H. Bentley for the War Department and used a V8 engine.[1]

1912 After a disastrous fire all production ceased.

1927 The company was finally wound. The works had produced 245 locomotive including the twenty by Tulk and Ley

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles. Edited by G. N. Georgano
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • [1] Wikipedia