Leeds Forge Co
From Graces Guide
Leeds Forge Co, railway wagon and boiler makers, of Leeds.
1874 The company was founded by Samson Fox.
1889 Paris Exhibition. Cast iron vases. 
The company was registered in January, as the New Leeds Forge Co, to take over the business of the Leeds Forge Co, and the name was subsequently changed back to the old title. 
1905 See 1905 Catalogue
1911 Ballasting wagon for the Buenos Aires Western Railway. 
1911 Manufacturer of Carriages and Wagons for the Railways.
1920 Railway Tank Wagon for the conveyance of Ammonium Nitrate. 
1926 Order received from Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits for thirty all steel Pullman cars for use on the Continent.
1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history.
1928 Merger of companies in the railway carriage and wagon industry announced, involving parts of Vickers and Cammell, Laird and Co. One of the contributions of Cammell, Laird and Co was their interest in Leeds Forge Co Ltd. The new company was called Metropolitan Cammell Carriage Wagon and Finance Co better known as Metro Cammell.
Morison Suspension furnace
The Morison Suspension Furnace was designed and patented by Mr. Donald B. Morison, of West Hartlepool, as the result of a series of experiments conducted at Leeds under the auspices of Mr. Samson Fox. The Fox Corrugated Furnace had been a major advance in boiler design and construction. When the Morison Suspension Furnace was developed it assumed equal rank with the Fox furnace. These two designs were still unrivalled in 1898 despite, during the previous decade, numerous attempts made to produce a viable competitor.
In 1912 Donald Morison was a member of the Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Sources of Information
- The Engineer of 10th May 1889 p396
- The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
- The Engineer of 14th September 1894 p238
- The Times, 24 July 1906
- Fielden’s Magazine Vol 7
- * 1905 Catalogue
- The Engineer of 15th September 1911 p288
- Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911
- The Engineer of 13th Feb 1920 p176
- The Engineer 1921/01/07 page 3.
- The Times, 18 December 1928
- "Morison suspension furnaces; furnace fronts and doors for internal furnace tubular boilers", 1898, published by Continental Iron Works of New York
- List of I. Mech. E. officers