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1846/7 Philip Taylor went to Sampierdarena, in Genoa, at the invitation of the government of the Kingdom of Sardinia, and with Fortunato Prandi, established Taylor and Prandi, to supply equipment for the railway then being constructed between Turin and Genoa. The equipment included bridges, turntables, and constructions in iron, as well as several locomotives (copies of those constructed by Sharp, Stewart and by Stephenson).
1852/3 A new agreement was signed with the government and the railway company. The Taylor and Prandi facility was acquired by a company comprised of Carlo Bombrini (director of the National Bank of the Sardinian Kingdom), Raffaele Rubattino, Giacomo Filippo Penco (financier) and Giovanni Ansaldo. From this came the Ansaldo company.