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Telpherage Co

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1883 William Edward Ayrton, Henry Fleeming Jenkin and John Perry (1850-1920) formed the Telpherage Co to exploit Jenkin's telpherage inventions and Ayrton's and Perry's inventions for locomotion. The telpherage system was seen as complementing railways, providing feeders[1].

1885 A telpher* line was opened at Glynde, Sussex, in October - for illustration see [1]

1885 Jenkin received a posthumous gold medal at the International Inventions Exhibition (1885).



  • Telpherage was a system for transporting goods in "skips" suspended from an overhead rail, powered by electricity, the invention of Professor Fleeming Jenkin and first demonstrated at Glynde for moving clay for the Newhaven Cement Company[2]. Photos of such systems may be seen on the Strachan and Henshaw page.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 16, 1884
  2. The Times, Oct 19, 1885