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Thomas Green roller at Bury
Above - Thomas Green roller at Bury

New UK Train Builder

Spanish train builder CAF is to establish a works in Newport, South Wales. Though train production finished in Leeds in 1995 with the closure of the Hunslet Engine works a couple of Leeds firms have still been part of the supply chain of the UK train building industry. It had received criticism that new trains for the north of England are being built in Spain but the volume of orders CAF have received in the UK has led to the firm seeking to establish a UK works. Recently the order books of other UK train builders Bombardier at Derby and Hitachi at Newton Aycliffe have been full and the firms have been unable to bid for this work.  External link to this item of news

Virgin Trains’ “steam team” lays new foundations at world’s first commercial railway - plus previous news items.

151 years ago on this day in 1866.
Birth of Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, Indian 6th Nizam of Hyderabad

"engine (n): a machine with moving parts that converts power in to motion." Oxford English Dictionary

England's Biggest Locomotive Building City

Engine making in Leeds goes back to the late 18th century and in 1812 the first commercial use of steam locomotives began with Murray, Fenton and Wood built locomotives hauling coal on the Middleton Railway. Leeds is proud to have built more railway engines than any other place in England, including the big engine building cities of Swindon, Doncaster and Crewe. This is a surprise to many as the Leeds built locomotives were largely for export or for un-glamourous working lives in industry or even down mines.

A Diverse Range of Products

Local engineering firms manufactured a variety of products including stationary engines, all varients of steam road locomotives, rollers and lorries.Leeds was an important centre of steam crane production. Local firms also made planes, trams, buses, machine tools and a varied selection of other ancillary products. Going by the definition above we have tried to include anything that converts power into motion.

With these pages it is hoped to provide plenty of information about the several firms that operated in the Leeds area and details of what sights you can see today from our engine building past. Click on the links at the top of the page to visit our series of histories of the engine makers, our database of Leeds built engines, picture galleries, walking tours of the sites today and all sorts of features about our engine making heritage.

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