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A. Horlock and Co

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'Fire Queen' built by A. Horlock and Co in 1848, and preserved at Penrhyn Castle Railway Museum

A. Horlock & Co of Northfleet Ironworks, Kent

  • 1848 Built two locomotives for the 4ft gauge Dinorwic Slate Quarries. [1]. One of these, 'Fire Queen', has survived into preservation (see photo). The design is unusual, but the workmanship is excellent.
  • Arthur Horlock started up the Northfleet Ironworks in 1847, when he was only 25, taking over a new factory from Poynder & Medlicott (Medlicott being his uncle). He became bankrupt in 1853. His factory was sold to Bell, Wells & Co, shipbuilders. He was later employed at Fletcher’s shipyard in Gravesend, and died in 1866. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  2. [1] by K A Jaggers, 4th Sept 2011. Root source [2] is Keith and Elizabeth Jaggers’ Family Heritage website