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Adams and Co

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of 76 Worship Street, London, EC2

1842 The factory established by William Bridges Adams was moved from small premises to three acres of land adjoining the Eastern Counties Railway at Fair Field, Bow. The company then traded as Adams and Co.

1843 Adams founded the Fairfield Works, Bow where he specialized in light engines, steam railcars (or railmotors) and inspection trolleys. These were sold in small numbers to railways all over Britain and Ireland, including the Fairfield steam carriage for the broad gauge Bristol and Exeter Railway and the Enfield for his most important customer, the Eastern Counties Railway, with its headquarters at nearby Stratford.

1840s Involved in early experiments on Henson's flying machines

Adams and Co of Fairfield Works, Bow were builders of horse-drawn buses around 1850.

1891 Adams and Co, of 35 Queen Victoria St, London, had developed a stamped-steel axle box for railway wagons which were more durable than the conventional cast iron axle boxes. Manufactured by the Stamped Steel Axlebox Co, at the Orchard Place works, Blackwall[1]

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