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1883. One of Eight Boilers for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.
January 1888.
February 1888.
April 1888.
December 1889.
January 1896. London agents are Taite and Carlton.
August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902.
September 1902.
1904. Coal Wagon for Central South African Railways.
December 1906.
July 1908.
September 1913.

Leeds Forge Co, railway wagon and boiler makers, of Leeds.

Formerly Fox Brothers and Refitt and then Samson Fox Brothers

1874 The company was founded by Samson Fox.

1889 Paris Exhibition. Cast iron vases. [1]

The company was registered in January, as the New Leeds Forge Co, to take over the business of the Leeds Forge Co, and the name was subsequently changed back to the old title. [2]

1894 Catalogue of Morison Suspension Boiler Furnaces. [3]

1900 Took legal action against Deighton's Patent Flue and Tube Co for infringement of patent for an improved boiler flue which was upheld by the House of Lords[4].

1902 Order from the Caledonian Railway for thirty 30-ton bogie-wagons [5]

1905 See 1905 Catalogue

1905 Directors: Bernal Bagshawe (Chairman), S. H. Ward, A. W. Fox, Henry Oxley, and Ernest Gearing (Managing Director). Also Francis L. Lane, Manager and R. W. Storey, Secretary.[6]

1911 Ballasting wagon for the Buenos Aires Western Railway. [7]

1911 Manufacturer of Carriages and Wagons for the Railways.[8]

1920 Railway Tank Wagon for the conveyance of Ammonium Nitrate. [9]

1920 Leeds Forge Limited acquired the Bristol Wagon and Carriage Co and the Newlay Wheel Co.[10]

1923 A controlling interest was acquired by Cammell, Laird and Co. As orders increased the Newlay Wheel Co was also taken over by that firm.

1926 Order received from Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits for thirty all steel Pullman cars for use on the Continent.

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history.

1928 Merger of companies in the railway carriage and wagon industry announced, involving parts of Vickers and Cammell, Laird and Co[11]. One of the contributions of Cammell, Laird and Co was their interest in Leeds Forge Co Ltd. The new company was called Metropolitan Cammell Carriage Wagon and Finance Co better known as Metro Cammell.

Morison Suspension furnace

The Morison Suspension Furnace was designed and patented by Mr. Donald B. Morison, of West Hartlepool, as the result of a series of experiments conducted at Leeds under the auspices of Mr. Samson Fox. The Fox Corrugated Furnace had been a major advance in boiler design and construction. When the Morison Suspension Furnace was developed it assumed equal rank with the Fox furnace. These two designs were still unrivalled in 1898 despite, during the previous decade, numerous attempts made to produce a viable competitor[12].

In 1912 Donald Morison was a member of the Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers[13].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 10th May 1889 p396
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Engineer of 14th September 1894 p238
  4. The Times, 24 July 1906
  5. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 7
  6. * 1905 Catalogue
  7. The Engineer of 15th September 1911 p288
  8. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911
  9. The Engineer of 13th Feb 1920 p176
  10. The Engineer 1921/01/07 page 3.
  11. The Times, 18 December 1928
  12. "Morison suspension furnaces; furnace fronts and doors for internal furnace tubular boilers", 1898, published by Continental Iron Works of New York
  13. List of I. Mech. E. officers [1]