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Brush Traction

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1896. Douglas Southern Electric Tramways No 1. Exhibit at Crich Tramway Museum.
1906. 0-4-0 locomotive. Exhibit at the Snibston Discovery Museum.

Brush Traction, a manufacturer and maintainer of railway locomotives, based at Loughborough in Leicestershire

1879 Charles Francis Brush, an American, set up the Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation in Lambeth.

1889. Requiring larger premises the company acquired the assets of Henry Hughes and Co at Falcon Works, Loughborough. New company incorporated as Brush Electrical Engineering Co to take over the business of the former company[1].

Up to WWI, about 250 steam locomotives were built in addition to tram engines.

Production of locomotives finished after the 1914-18 War and the company concentrated on transport-related electrical equipment, including tramcars, trolleybuses and battery-operated vehicles.

The coachworks continued with, after World War II, omnibus bodies mounted on Daimler chassis using Gardner five-cylinder diesel engines and Daimler preselector gearboxes.

1947 Close to Derby and its railway workshops, the Brush company retained its contacts with the railway and in 1947 joined with W. G. Bagnall to produce diesel locomotives as Brush Bagnall Traction Ltd. When British Railways began to replace its fleet of steam engines, Brush entered the market for main line diesel-electric locomotives.

1950 Brush Electrical Engineering Co was the parent of the Brush ABOE group.

1954 Name of the Brush ABOE group would be changed to The Brush Group Ltd[2]. New name and group organisation was implemented with effect from 1 January 1956.

1956 Brush Bagnall Traction Ltd, Loughborough, was renamed Brush Traction Ltd [3]. It had delivered 25 locomotives to Ceylon that year, and completed deliveries to Steel Co of Wales and the National Coal Board. Orders received from British Railways for 20 locomotives; also indirect benefits of modernisation programme in the form of orders for diesel engines for other locomotive makers.

1973 Traction Division supplied electrical equipment for 10 locomotives built by Hunslet Engine Co in connection with the new Anchor Steelworks at Scunthorpe[4]

1975 Part of Hawker Siddeley.[5]

1996 Brush was acquired by FKI

2008 FKI was acquired by Melrose

2011 Melrose sold Brush Traction

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 15 July 1889
  2. The Times, 29 April 1955
  3. The Times, 24 April 1956
  4. The Times February 12, 1973
  5. 1975 Advert

[1] Wikipedia