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Straker Steam Vehicle Co

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‎‎Builders of Traction Engines and other steam vehicles, of Bush Lane, London; works at Bristol

1901 Company formed by Sidney Straker and Lionel Robert Littler Squire[1] and built steam vehicles. Two of the first were for the British Electric Traction Co.

1901 Exhibited one vehicle at the War Department trials[2]

1901 June. Details and image of a 26-person steam omnibus designed by Sydney Straker.[3]

1901 December. Details of the Straker steam lorry and trailer for military purposes.[4]

1902 Steam wagon built.

1903 Showed 3 steam vehicles at the Crystal Palace Automobile Show[5]

1903 Built a 7-ton steam wagon for use in Capetown

1903 The company started selling German-built Bussings in the UK. The demand was so great that the company had to change premises in Bristol.

1903 A single-decker was built for a service to Stratford-upon-Avon operated by Brane's Shipston on Stour and Stratford on Avon Steam Omnibus Co

1905 January. Details of their petrol omnibuses and commercial vehicles.[6][7]

1905 March. Details of their steam lorry.[8]

1905 A 24hp Straker-Squire double-deck omnibus took part in Automobile Club trials[9]

1905 Vehicles by "Straker and Squire" and Straker Steam Vehicle Co were shown at the Olympia Exhibition[10]

1906 The Straker Steam Vehicle Co's name was changed to Sidney Straker and Squire Ltd[11] [12]

None of these engines have been preserved.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Feb 24, 1915
  2. The Times, Dec 05, 1901
  3. The Autocar 1901/06/08
  4. The Autocar 1901/12/07
  5. The Times, Jan 31, 1903
  6. Automotor Journal 1905/01/14
  7. Automotor Journal 1905/01/21
  8. Automotor Journal 1906/03/18
  9. The Times, Jan 09, 1905
  10. The Times, Feb 13, 1905
  11. The Times, Feb 24, 1915
  12. The Times, Apr 11, 1906
  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005