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General Electric Power and Traction Co

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1891. Electric motor for mining work (designed by Albion T. Snell)

of Kentish Town, London

1890 Hoping for a large scale expansion of electric traction on the existing horse-drawn tramways, Immisch and Co, together with the Electric Traction Co chaired by Viscount Bury, sold themselves to the General Electric Power and Traction Co.

1890 Electric Construction Corporation granted a licence to General Electric Power and Traction Co to use its traction patents and also agreed to supply GEPT with accumulators[1].

1893 Thomas Parker was one of the directors of the company.[2]

1894 The company foundered due to its reliance on applying rechargeable batteries for traction, with their high costs of maintenance in a small installation. The company was overcapitalized and was wound up in 1894.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 2 June 1890
  2. Electrical Engineer, Volume 12, 1893