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R. and A. Main

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February 1904.
December 1910.
December 1910.
December 1910.
January 1911.
August 1912.
February 1913.
April 1913.
February 1914. St. Hilary.
January 1929. Mainamel.
May 1931.
April 1933. Mainamel.
June 1933. Mainamel.
November 1933. Mainscreen.
December 1933. Main.
April 1935.
August 1935.
January 1936.
July 1945.
Brass R. and A. Main ashtray.
Brass R. and A. Main ashtray.
December 1954. Century Gas Cooker.
March 1960.

of Gothic Works, Falkirk; Gothic Works, Edmonton, London, N18. Telephone: Falkirk 970; Tottenham 2641. Telegraphic Address: "Gasmain, Falkirk"; "Gothic, 'Phone, Edmonton".

1870s Originated in Glasgow as the Argyle Ironmonger Co, which made cooking appliances. Robert B. Main and Mathew Waddell then formed the firm of Waddell and Main.

1879 The company amalgamated with Thomas Glover and Co to form Glover and Main.

1884 R. B. Main went into partnership with his brother, A. P. Main to form the firm R. and A. Main.

Glover and Main established the Gothic works at Camelon in 1900 and at Edmonton in 1899.

The factory was served by a modest siding just south of Angel Road station, on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line of the former Great Eastern Railway.

The locomotive history of R. and A. Main, Edmonton, London, (makers of gas equipment), has two strange features. Horse traction was superseded, not by steam, but by an internal combustion locomotive; and this form of motive power alone was used for more than half a century.

As far as is known, the horse was the only one of Main's power units to have a name – "Bob". The first two locomotives were designed and built by Thomas Glover and Co, a firm which had amalgamated with R. and A. Main to form Glover and Main, although both had kept separate identities. The Drewry and the Ruston were purchased new by R. and A. Main[1].

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Mainstat Automatically Controlled Gas Cooking Appliances for dosmestic and hotel use. Panel and "Built-in" Gas Fires. Wall and Floor Radiators and Heaters. Instantaneous and Storage Water Heaters and Circulators. (Stand Nos. Ca.605 and Ca.504).[2]

The Camelon works were closed in 1964.


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Sources of Information

  1. * [1] Industrial Railway Society Archives
  2. * 1937 British Industries Fair Page 386
  • [2] Falkirk Council Cultural Services Archives