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Edward Bury and Co: Liver

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c.1830 As a result of a disagreement between Robert Stephenson and Edward Bury on inside or outside framing before the directors of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the board instructed Bury to construct the Liver with outside frames.


"Of the single passenger engines the first to be constructed was The Liver which was put into regular service on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1832, and was possibly the fourth engine built at the Clarence Foundry. The firm did not repeat the large 6ft. wheels for any four-wheeled engines, and the Liver had driving wheels of the more modest diameter of 5ft. the cylinders being 11in. by 16in. The Liver has for many years been described and illustrated as a standard Bury type engine with bar frames, but recent research into the history of the early Liverpool and Manchester engines has brought to light evidence from official record, which appears to show that Bury's Liver of 1832 had outside frames and was of Stephenson's "Planet " type." From A Short History of Famous Firms - Edward Bury and Co by Ernest Leopold Ahrons The Engineer 1923/02/02 Read More.



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  • British Steam Railway Locomotives, by E. L. Ahrons