Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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John Nicholson

From Graces Guide
1858. Marine engines.

John Nicholson was a driver on the Eastern Counties Railway

1850 James Samuel lodged patent 13029 for a form of locomotive compounding, giving "continuous expansion" using two cylinders of equal diameter, a system devised by John Nicholson, a driver on the Eastern Counties Railway. Two locomotives were built using this system—one for goods and one for passenger traffic—and, according to papers read by James Samuel before the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in January and April, 1852, the results were "highly satisfactory". Unfortunately, no other record of them is known to survive.

1858 Steam engineer of Wellington Street, Bromley, London.

1858 Improved steam engine by Samuel and Nicholson

1868 John Stewart and John Nicholson, both of Poplar, in the county of Middlesex, Engineers, gave notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in continuous expansion engines, and in the valves to be used therewith or with ordinary engines."[1] - see Stewart and Nicholson


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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 20 Oct 1868