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Browett, Lindley and Co

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1885.The Inventions Exhibition Combined Engine and Dynamo.
1897.
June 1888. Acme Governor.
1888.
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December 1889.
1890.
1891.
1899.
1900. High-speed inverted vertical compound engine byBrowett, Lindley and Co and coupled to a 110v dynamo by J. H. Holmes and Co. Exhibit at Bolton Steam Museum.
February 1901. Three-Crank Triple Tandem Engine.
Sandon Engine Works photographed from Clifford Street in 2007. The building was still standing in 2010, but was empty and rapidly deteriorating
Plan of the works
February 1901.
1901. View of the erecting shop. The far wall is that seen nearest the camera in the 2007 photograph. The conical casting on the left is probably a transition piece between cylinder and crankcase for the type of engine seen in the 1902 photograph below.
1902 Browett, Lindley steam engine with 775 KW dynamo by Mather and Platt, for Salford Corporation. From The Engineer 19th December 1902.
1902. Combined engine and dynamo for Salford Corporation.
1500 HP engine for Bahia Blanca
Auckland City Council's first generating station, with Browett, Lindley engine on left. Photo displayed in Victoria Park Market
The Auckland generating station survives as the Victoria Park Market, unfortunately without its engines.
Browett 03.jpg
100 HP Browett, Lindley engine, ex-Summit Timbers, Kuratau, NZ, at Tokomaru Steam Museum
180 HP Browett, Lindley engine at Tokomaru Steam Museum
1915 120 HP engine and Laurence, Scott and Co generator at Wortley Top Forge
1915 engine at Wortley Top Forge
1916.
1928. 200 hp airless injection oil engine.
February 1937. Air Compressor.
1959. Model B23B.
Model 23.

Browett, Lindley and Co initially of Sandon Works, Salford, and then Sandon Works, Clifford Street, Patricroft, Manchester.

1886 Company established (possibly 1878)

1888 Produced vertical electric light engine. [1]

1888 Advertising the 'Acme' governor

1890 The Sandon Works in Patricroft was started in 1890, and enlarged in 1900/1901 by the addition of the erecting shop (see illustrations) and a new engine and boiler house. The erecting shop was served by two overhead electric cranes made by Royce Ltd. New equipment included a large planing machine by Sellers (USA), powered by a Lundell 30 HP motor, and a smaller planer by the Butler Machine Tool Co of Halifax, driven by a Hodgson-Wright 15 HP motor. [2]

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition. High-speed steam engines for dynamo driving. Acme Govenors.[3]

1899 The company was registered on 28 July, to take over the business of engineers of a private company of practically the same name. [4]

1901 Details of factory extension [5]

1902 Large triple expansion engines for Salford Corporation (see photo)

c.1904 The Siamese Tramway Company Ltd had two 200 kW Dick, Kerr generators powered by Browett, Lindley engines. The Siam Electricity Company Ltd had one 200 kW unit [6]

c.1905 Supplied three 360 hp steam engines for the North Melbourne Electric Tramway & Lighting Company [7]

1907 Three engines driving 225 kW generators at Auckland (NZ) City Council’s refuse destructor station. The station burnt the city’s refuse and used the heat to produce steam for Auckland’s first public electricity supply [8] (see photos)

1907 November. Supplied to the Walkden Spinning Co an inverted triple Corliss engine of 1,600 hp at 75 rpm. 22 ft dia flywheel for 45 ropes also drove a 250kw generator

Several Browett, Lindley engines were installed at Mercer Street Power Station, Wellington, New Zealand[9]

1910 Produced three 1500 HP vertical triple expansion engines for the Buenos Aires & Pacific Railway Co's generating station at Bahia Blanca[10] (See photo)

Browett, Lindley were predominantly makers of high speed engines, but they did make three large cotton mill engines, including a vertical triple expansion 1800 HP engine for Alder Mill, Leigh[11]. Another was a 1600 HP vertical triple expansion engine at Fernhurst Mill, Chadderton.[12]

1,000hp Browett, Lindley compound 3-cylinder reciprocating engines running at 300rpm, for Cameroon Sugar Company.

1929 Receivers appointed; as a result it was found that the Company Secretary had been taking money from the company for 20 years[13]

1931 Company bought by George Cohen, Sons and Co - see Browett Lindley

1938 Death of Thomas Browett[14]

1952 Sold to Alley and MacLellan[15]

1954 Company closed



Name Plate. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 27th April 1888 p348
  2. 'The Engineer' 14th June 1901
  3. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 4
  6. [1]Website: BANGKOK TRAMWAYS (1894-1968)
  7. [2] Friends of Hawthorn Tram Depot website
  8. [3]Progress, Volume IV, Issue 8, 1 June 1909, Page 271
  9. [4]Evening Post (Wellington), Volume LXXX, Issue 3, 4 July 1910
  10. 'Engineering' 25th March 1910
  11. ‘The Textile Mill Engine’ by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd, 1999
  12. ‘Steam Engine Research Resources’ written and published by Stanley Challenger Graham on LULU.com, 2009: ISBN 978-1-4092-9009-4
  13. The Times, Jul 31, 1929
  14. The Times, Mar 12, 1938
  15. The Times, Sep 26, 1952