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ALR P.N. Lowe Rail

The late Peter Lowe rebuilt a number of engines at his Abbey Light Railway near to Kirkstall. 

Bfth William Balmforth / Balmforth Bros Rail
Crane

The Balmforth family were partners with the Smiths and Booths that went on to form the famous Rodley crane makers. After these partnerships broke up William Balmforth formed the Peel Ings Foundry. The works produced steam cranes, though not to the extent their former partners enjoyed. A small number of locos were also produce before the firm crashed in 1916 
Works History

Bi John Bingley Rail

John Bingley of Harper Street built one loco for the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway in 1840 as a sub contract for Fenton, Murray and Jackson. 
Works History

CT Charles Todd Rail

See the history of Shepherd and Todd and also Todd Kitson & Laird. 
Works History

EBW EB Wilson Rail
Road
Other Items

EB Wilson's Railway Foundry produced locomotives for many of the early railway comapnies as well as a number of overseas orders including several important orders for Spain and India. Many of their locomotives were based on the popular Jenny Lind design. The company also experimented with marine engines and road steam. 
Works History

FC Fenton and Craven Rail

The Railway Foundry in Hunslet saw a few changes of partnerships in the 1840s and 1850s. For a short time James Fenton (son of the James Fenton of the Round Foundry) and John Chester Craven were in charge while Edward Brown Wilson was absent 
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FMJ Fenton, Murray and Jackson Rail
Other Items

Under this partnership steam locomotive manufacture returned to the Round Foundry. Locomotives were built for many early railways, the works built a number of the Great Western Firefly class including the first locomotive to haul Queen Victoria and the locomotive chosen for the gauge trials 
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FMW Fenton Murray and Wood Rail
Other Items

The Round Foundry was a pioneer not only for Leeds but for the world, producing the first succesful freight locos. They also produced fine stationary engines, experimented with steam ships. The core of their business was supplying machinery to the textile industry. After the death of Murray and Wood the firm became known as Fenton, Murray and Jackson 
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GBAT Greenwood and Batley Rail
Road
Machine Tools

Often known as GREENBAT this company made all manner of machinery including a number of battery locomotives in their Albion Works in Armley 
Works History

HC Hudswell Clarke Rail

For over 100 years Hudswell Clarke's Railway Foundry supplied large numbers of industrial locomotives for use all over the world 
Works History

HE Hunslet Engine Co Rail
Road
Other Items

One of the best known of the Leeds firms having produced many notable designs such as the Austerity 0-6-0STs and the Quarry Hunslets, this company's varied products were supplied all over the world. Parts were also supplied to other builders including gear boxes to BR Swindon for the class 14 0-6-0DH locos. Babcock and Wilcox built a few Hunslet locomotives in Spain under licence. 
Works History

HUD Robert Hudson Rail
Road
Other Items

Most of Hudsons locomotive orders were subcontracted to Hunslet, Hudswell or outside Leeds though they produced some locomotives in house in their Gildersome Foundry. The bulk of their manufacturing business was supplying light railway equipment, track, wagons, etc.

Some items were bought second hand (quite a lot after the first war), sold onto new homes or hired out and these were not necessarily built in Leeds. 
Works History

JB Joseph Booth and Bros Rail
Crane

Primarily a crane manufacturer Booths also produced a small number of electric mine locos under the 'Union' brand in their Union Foundry at Rodley. 
Works History

JF John Fowler Rail
Road
Other Items

Located in the Steam Plough Works they were pioneers of the agricultural uses for steam power. They went on to apply steam to road haulage, road construction, fairground use and built a number of locomotives. The firm also branched out in to power generation and rope winding engines amongst other things. 
Works History

JHM J and H Mclaren Rail
Road
Other Items

Primarily a manufacturer of traction engines, stationary engines and diesel engines this firm also made two or three locomotives based on their traction engine designs. 
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K Kitson Rail

One of the big Leeds loco makers, this firm made big locos as well as little ones. As well as producing large numbers of small tank engines like other local firms Kitson also won orders for the Great Northern, Great Central and London Brighton and South Coast, amongst others. They produced over 3000 locos in their century of existence 
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KH Kitson Hewitson Rail

Thompson retired in 1858 from KTH, once again there was a change of name, the company becoming Kitson and Hewitson 
Works History

KL Kitson Laird or Laird Kitson Rail

For a short period this was a name carried by the company that eventually became simply known as Kitson. 
Works History

KTH Kitson Thompson Hewitson Rail
Road

This was the name under which the Airedale Foundry opperated for around 20 years before the name Kitson & Co was addopted. The two oldest working steam locomotives in the world, India's Express and Fairy Queen were produced in this period 
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LFO Leeds Forge Rail
Other Items

The Leeds Forge supplied railway wagons and other items for many years. 
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MW Manning Wardle Rail
Other Items

The Boyne loco works practically rose from the ashes of E.B.wilson and continued to turn out their designs of small contractor locomotives as well as plenty of narrow gauge locos and a few unusual orders 
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ROE Charles Roe Rail
Road

Charles Roe began by making trailers for locally produced traction engines produced and bodies for commercial vehicles in a rented works on Balm Road. They went on to make large numbers of bus bodies in a much larger works in Cross Gates. 
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ST Shepherd and Todd Rail

The Railway Foundry. Some books list many of these as built by Charles Todd. Also see Sun Foundry & TKL. 
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SUN Carret and Marshall Rail
Road
Other Items

The Sun Foundry on Dewsbury Road was one of a few works set up by Charles Todd, it built fairly few locomotives, though one of them was the first to run in South Africs. They went in to building steam powered pumps and after a few changes of ownership became part of the Sulzer group 
Works History

TG Thomas Green Rail
Road
Crane
Other Items

Thomas Green began as a big manufacturer of lawnmowers, they diversified somewhat in to producing steam rollers, tram engines and locomotives in their Smithfield Works on North Street 
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TKL Todd, Kitson and Laird Rail

The first engine makers in the Hunslet area of Leeds, they built a small number of locomotives, including the Liverpool and Manchester's Lion before changes in partnership that eventually lead to the company becoming Kitson & Co 
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TO Turner and Ogden Rail
Other Items

A short lived early manufacturer who had begun locomotive and stationary engine production at their Providence Foundry on Hunslet Lane in 1839 but were devastated by a fire at the works. 
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Y Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Co Rail
Road
Other Items

This company produced quite distinctive steam lorries with their patented double ended boiler in their works on Pepper Road Hunslet. They dabbled with internal combustion engines and produced specialist bodies for commercial vehicles such as the gully emptiers that featured on some of their own steam wagons. The last steam wagon left the works in 1931 but the Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Co name was retained for a further 40 years 
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