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T. M. Tennant and Co

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From the 1862 London Exhibition Catalogue

T. M. Tennant and Co of Bowershall Iron and Engine Works, Leith

1854-6 Listed as screw bolt and machine makers of 74 Clerk Street

1856-7 Listed as above and also as engineers as as of Newington Works, East Sciennes Street

1860-1 Listed with the additional address of St. Leonards

1862 Listed at the same and at Bowershall Iron Works

1866 Took limited status and gave their purpose as the manufacture of rolling stock and railway plant of all descriptions

c.1867 Made steam road vehicles for Robert William Thomson

1878 The company finally wound up. The site was later occupied by Bonnington Castings

'Messrs. Tennant and Co., of Leith, made a large number of road steamers for Mr. Thompson. Some of these, intended for passenger service, are already referred to; but they also made a considerable number of engines for heavy haulage purposes, one of which is illustrated in Mr. John Head's paper "On the Rise and Progress of Steam Locomotion on Common Roads," 1873.' [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Steam Locomotion on Common Roads by William Fletcher. Published 1891.
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816