A Brief History of the Yorkshire Engine Company

This Sheffield firm based in Meadowhall should not be confused with the Leeds firm of Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Co.

Established in 1865 this firm built about 800 steam engines and during the latter years many diesel shunters were made including the iconic Janus 0-6-0DE. In 1945 USC (United Steel Company) purchased the builder as they were in need of replacement locomotives.

A small batch of Hunslet Austerity tank locomotives were built in Sheffield, during the 1950s twenty 9400 0-6-0PT locomotives were sub contracted by Hunslet here. Many of the components for these 9400s were made in Leeds.

The end came in 1965, however as many of the designs had incorporated Rolls-Royce diesel engines these were taken on by the Sentinel division in Shrewsbury. During the 1970s many of these designs migrated to Thomas Hill in Rotherham.

For more information see:-
Title Author ISBN
Yorkshire Engine Co Tony Vernon 978 0 7524 4530 4
The British Steam Railway Locomotive 1825-1925 E.L. Ahrons 9781851701032
British Steam Locomotive Builders James W Lowe 9781473822894


This article was produced by Andrew Johnson