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Murdoch, Aitken and Co

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A locomotive made for the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway
1851. Beam Blowing Engine - Lilleshall Co. See Blists Hill: Blowing Engines
1851. Beam Blowing Engine

Murdoch, Aitken and Co of Hill Street Foundry, Glasgow were manufacturers of marine, high-pressure and stationary engines, pumps and machine tools

1831 Built one locomotive for the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway followed by another the following year; these were simple Killingworth type engines, with plain guides for the piston-rods, to the designs of Mr. Isaac Dodds. These were the first locomotives built in Scotland. The wheels had a lateral play of about 1in to allow for the sharp curves on the line, and the coupling rods worked on spherical pins to provide for this lateral motion.[1]

c.1837 Built 2 locomotive for the Paisley and Renfrew Railway

1845 Made a large blowing engine for Coltness Iron Co[2]

1852 High pressure blowing engine

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1925/01/09
  2. Stirling Observer - Thursday 16 January 1845
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • The Imperial Journal 1852 Volume II. p462