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Stoke Works

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Stoke Railway Works

1864 The works were set up by the North Staffordshire Railway in the town of Stoke-on-Trent

The railway's first engines were supplied by a variety of outside manufacturers: Robert Stephenson and Co, Vulcan Foundry, Hudswell, Clarke and Co, Kitson and Co, Neilson and Co, as well as Sharp Brothers and Co who supplied six, including "Dragon" which opened the line in 1848. These were of the class known as "Little Sharpes".

By 1864, the railway owned 64 locomotives. In 1868 the works was ready to build new machines, producing three 0-6-0 tank locomotives similar to a Hudswell Clarke design.

Between 1879 and 1901, thirty more 0-6-0 tanks were built to a design by J. C. Park, of which fourteen lasted until British Railways ownership, the last being taken out of service in 1958 some seventy years old.

1923 New building finished when the LMS took over

1927 The works closed, with the work transferring to Crewe.

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