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Fletcher, Jennings and Co

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1864 image - H. A. Fletcher of Millgrove, Whitehaven.
January 1866.
1869.Broad and Narrow Guage Tank Locomotive for the Severn and Wye Railway.
March 1872.
April 1872.
1869. Fletcher's "Thimble" Boiler.
January 1880.

Fletcher, Jennings & Co of Lowca Works, of Lowca, near Whitehaven in Cumberland.

1857 Took over the business of Tulk and Ley. From then, until 1884, the company concentrated on four- and six-coupled industrial tank locomotives.

1862 Mineral tank locomotive described and illustrated in The Practical Mechanic's Journal, January 1862.

Supplied a two cylinder rolling mill engine to Skerne Ironworks, Darlington. Cylinders 34" dia, 5 ft stroke. Flywheel 30 ft dia., weight 60 tons.[1]

1877 0-4-0T locomotive, ex-Dorking Greystone Lime Works No.3 "Captain Baxter" preserved at the Bluebell Railway. See photos. For more information, see here.

By 1884 171 locomotives had been built. Henry Allason Fletcher retired. The company acquired limited liability as the Lowca Engineering Co.

1905 The name changed again to the New Lowca Engineering Company Ltd but it was short-lived. Orders had fallen.

1912 After a disastrous fire all production ceased.

1927 The company was finally wound up. The works had produced 245 locomotives including the twenty by Tulk and Ley

Note: The Fletcher Jennings Patent Locomotive which went to Victoria, Australia, still exists in Western Australia.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'The Engineer' 13th March 1868
  2. ABC News
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • [1] Wikipedia