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R. Bach and Co

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Richard Bach and Company, engine and boiler manufacturers, millwrights and general engineers, of 13-14 Broad Street, Islington, Birmingham.

1850s George Edward Belliss was apprenticed to R. Bach and Co[1].

1859 In the aftermath of a boiler accident, Bach wrote to a newspaper concerning the dangers of Cornish Boilers, especially if used in multiple installations, advocating cylindrical plain boilers instead[2].

1859 'Mr. Bach, engineer, Birmingham, built a small passenger locomotive in 1859, but we are unable to give any particulars of it.' [3]

1861 Exhibited at Stafford Agricultural Society's Show of an 8 h.p. engine for driving threshing machines[4].

1861 Advert by R. Bach and Co[5].

1862 Shortly after completing his apprenticeship, George Belliss acquired the business of R. Bach and Co at 13-14 Broad Street, Islington, Birmingham, and went into partnership with Joseph J. Seekings, as Belliss and Seekings[6].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 24 February 1909
  2. Birmingham Daily Post, 6 December 1859
  3. Steam Locomotion on Common Roads by William Fletcher. Published 1891.
  4. Birmingham Daily Post, 20 September 1861
  5. Birmingham Daily Post, 23 December 1861
  6. Birmingham Daily Post, 16 January 1862