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Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Co

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1899. Mann's Tipping Cart.
1899. Mann's Steam Lorry.
1903. Motor Car Works at Hunslet.
March 1905. 2-ton steam wagon.
1905. Steam tractor and trailer.
1910. Compound steam tractor.
1914. Reg No: TF 2598
January 1920.
1917. Reg No: KM 514.
1917. Reg No: KM 514.
1917. Reg No: KM 514.
1917. Reg No: KM 514.
1917. Reg No: KM 514.
1917. Reg No: KM 514.
Rare 1919 steam tractor seen in Somerset in 2011
Worm and sector steering gear
2017. 5 ton steam engine cart and wagon spotted in Prague.

Mann Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Co built Traction Engines at Hunslet, Leeds


1899 Formerly Mann and Charlesworth and reformed as Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Company

1901 The success of the patent cart was such that Mann decided to construct a new works on Pepper Road, Hunslet, Leeds and the move was complete by December 1901. The large, modern, well-equipped works was an ambitious move and was initially very successful. The period up to and including the First World War was the heyday of the company. The company's main products were their 3-ton and 5-ton wagon, however, these were produced in a whole range of variations, including; Articulated 6-wheeler, Gully cleaning wagon, Brewers wagon, Bus bodied wagon, Municipal dustcart, Street watering wagon, Tar spraying wagon, Tipping wagon, and many more. In addition, the company produced a range of tractors for both road and agricultural use. Another popular product for municipal use was their lightweight patching roller, used for road repair.[1]

1911 Royal Agricultural Show. Showed light steam-roller

1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited agricultural tractor

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Steam Motor Wagons, Tractors and Ploughs etc. see the 1917 Red Book

In 1924 the company introduced their superb Mann Express wagon, with shaft drive, high-speed engine and fully enclosed cab. Unfortunately, this wagon was not a commercial success and by 1926 Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Company was in trouble. Despite attempts to provide additional finance, it was not possible to save the company, and in 1929 the works closed completely.

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

1929 In February the Mann company was purchased by Atkinson Walker Wagons, of Preston, who were also manufacturers of steam wagons. They renamed the company Mann’s Steam & Motor Wagon Company. However, Atkinson were in a poor financial position and as a result they sold the Mann business in 1930 to Scammell and Nephew of Spitalfields, London E1. Scammell produced a few Mann wagons, largely from the spares they acquired.

Steam Engines

See Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Co: Steam Engines

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • The Engineer of 7th July 1911 p26
  • The Engineer of 8th December 1911 p594
  • The Autocar 1901/07/13