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German built replica of the Blenkinsop engine built from a very early form of industrial espionage!
Above - German built replica of the Blenkinsop engine built from a very early form of industrial espionage!

A Leeds Engine Far Far Away

Before being used as a filming location for many scenes of the new Star Wars film "The Last Jedi" the salt flats at Uyuni in Bolivia were best known for the "Train Cemetery" where several old steam locomotives are dumped. Included in the dump are a couple of Kitson locomotives and examples of the Kitson Meyer design built by other manufacturers. The town of Uyuni is also home to a Hunslet loco on static display. Our picture galleries contain photos of these engines contributed by people who have been there.  External link to this item of news

Salamanca In Lights - plus previous news items.

311 years ago on this day in 1707.
The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.

"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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