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Alexander Chaplin and Co

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Chaplin for Glasgow Police Dept. Mr Chaplin and Mr Russell outside Cranstonhill Engine works.
January 1866.
April 1870.
January 1872.
February 1872.
January 1880.
June 1880.
June 1880.
This appears to be a pumping and winding engine similar to that featured in several advertisements above, but without its original boiler. Made at Cranstonhill Works. Note the three optional crankpin positions for changing the pump stroke. Located outside Whangarei Museum, New Zealand.
1885. Locomotive Breakdown Steam Crane- Taff Vale Railway.
January 1888.

1888. Locomotive for light shunting duties. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.
June 1888. Steam cranes.
Large Steam Wharf Crane. 1909.
December 1929.
Found in scrapyard Bahia Blanca, Argentina October 2012.
Photo of works plate copyright Hector Guerreiro, scrapyard Bahia Blanca, Argentina October 2012.

Alexander Chaplin and Co of Cranstonhill Engine works, Port Street, Anderson, Glasgow were makers of locomotives, cranes, road engines, boilers and stationary engines.

1849 Company established, and built Cranstonhill Works in 1852 [1]

1860s-1900s Built a number of vertical patent locomotives. [2]

1876 Details of their steam excavator. [3]

1878 They supplied a Road Roller to the Glasgow Board of Police.[4]

1881 Advert for Steam cranes. [5]

1884 Made a 20-ton railway breakdown crane for the Taff Vale Railway [6]

1881 They supplied 2 no. steam cranes to the Caledonian Railway. A 5-7 Ton, 4 Wheel, Timber jib. It was exhibited at an International Exhibition and is still in use at General Terminus Quay, Glasgow c.1960. [7]

c1890 The firm moved to Helen Street, Govan.

1894 Twenty-ton locomotive steam crane. [8]

1911 Three-motor overhead travelling crane for the Glasgow Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. (AC & Co of Govan) [9]

1925 Appointed the Harvie Corporation of Broadway Buildings, Westminster, London, S.W.I. as their sole representatives for the London area.[10]

1930 Manufacture ceased. Commercial interest taken over by Herbert Morris, Loughborough - the reason archives are in Leicester and Rutland Record Office.

Their Agents included:

Chaplins London Agent McKenzie Ball and Co. Ltd., their plate is sometimes found on Chaplin cranes.

Wimshurst and Co., later as Wimshurst, Hollick and Co were also London agents.

Borries, Craig and Co., Quayside, Newcastle, (Ship Agents, Merchants and Chandlers, and Timber Merchants). [11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Railway Breakdown Cranes - The Story of Steam Breakdown Cranes on the Railways of Britain - Volume 1' by Peter Tatlow, Noodle Books, ISBN 978-1-906419-69-1
  2. British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  3. The Engineer of 1stDecember 1876 p378
  4. Christopher Capewell
  5. Post Office Glasgow directory of 1881-1882
  6. 'Railway Breakdown Cranes - The Story of Steam Breakdown Cranes on the Railways of Britain - Volume 1' by Peter Tatlow, Noodle Books, ISBN 978-1-906419-69-1
  7. Christopher Capewell
  8. The Engineer of 20th April 1894 p336
  9. The Engineer of 29th December 1911 p671-2
  10. The Engineer 1925/11/27
  11. Christopher Capewell