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Robert Hudson and Co

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June 1880.
November 1923.
December 1929.
March 1946.
1929. Petrol Tractor. No 36863. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
1932. Petrol-paraffin tractor. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
1933. Light Railway Switch and Locomotive.

Robert Hudson and Co of 38A, Bond Street Leeds, specialists in railway equipment.

Works: Gildersome Foundry, near Leeds.

1865 Company formed by Robert Hudson.

1917 Lieut-Col R. A. Hudson was a Managing Director of the company, but unfortunately was killed in action on October 9th 1917, while in command of a battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment.[1]

1922 About 1000 employees. Chairman: Percy Hudson; other directors: Walter Skelton Hudson, Edward Hudson, John William Watson.

Products: steel tipping wagons, colliery tubs, sugar cane cars, mining trucks, wheels and axles roller bearings, switches and crossings, turntables, light locomotives.

Any orders received by the company for locomotives were subcontracted to the Hunslet Engine Co or to Hudswell, Clarke and Co.

Sygun Copper Mine in North wales has an old railway truck built by Hudson of Leeds (Seen in 2007).

1948 Company made public.

1960 Advert for light railway materials. [2]

1961 Light railway engineers and manufacturers of railway plant, wagons and truck equipment. [3]

1982 The Gildersome works were sold.

1985 Closed the business.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1917/10/26 , p 363
  2. Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p407
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816