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J&H McLaren 8hp Road Loco 1571 for James Hill, Manchester (John Pease Collection)
Above - J&H McLaren 8hp Road Loco 1571 for James Hill, Manchester (John Pease Collection)

Immortalised in bricks and mortar

In the next few weeks each of the Leeds engine builders will be permanently commemorated in the new running shed at Middleton Railway. One of the ideas during the fundraising was if you contributed a certain sum of money you could have an engraved brick placed into the wall with your name on. A personal donation was made have arranged for each of the builders to be represented. See Buy a Brick on the website link, included is a photo of the chairman laying the first named brick.  External link to this item of news

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132 years ago on this day in 1885.
Born on this day was Robert Blackburn, OBE, FRAeS was an English aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft.

"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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