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William Wilkinson and Co

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1886. Wilkinson Tram Locomotive.
Beyer, Peacock and Co steam tram locomotive to Wilkinson‘s Patent, at Crich Tramway Museum
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of Wigan, locomotive builder.

The business of William Wilkinson (1838-1906)

1880 Designed a locomotive with a vertical boiler. Supplied tramway locomotives.[1]

1881-6 They built around sixty locomotives. Wilkinsons also contracted out the manufacture of tram locomotives to Beyer, Peacock and Co, Black, Hawthorn and Co and Thomas Green and Son

Altogether 207 engines were built to Wilkinson's patent

1902 Advertisement: 'Holme House Foundry, Wigan.— Re Wilkinson and Co. Limited, Liquidation.—Important Piecemeal Sale of Engineering, Machine, and Loose Tools, Foundry Plant &c. EDWARD RUSHTON, SON, & KENYON will SELL BY AUCTION, Wednesday and Thursday, March 12th and 13th, 1902, the premises, the Valuable ENGINEERING TOOLS, FOUNDRY PLANT, PATTERNS &c., comprising powerful double geared break lathe, to admit up to 8ft. 6in. diameter, with 6ft. internal geared face plate; double geared screw cutting lathes, from by 18in centres, with straight and gap beds up to 24ft. long ; 14in. stroke double geared slotting machine, and one 8in. and one 5in. single geared ditto, 14in. stroke shaping machine, by Buck and Sons, and one 8n. and one 5in. ditto; wheel cutting machine, self-acting planing machine, 11ft, by 3ft 6in by 3ft. 6in. and one ditto 5ft. 6in. 3ft. 2ft. one 4ft and one 3ft. 6in. radial arm drilling machines, two large cylinder boring machines, punching and shearing machine, set three plate bending rolls, 4ft, wide; screwing machine, steam hammer, four smith's hearths, blow fan, two cupolas, three core waggons and rails, loam mill, hydraulic press, two grindstones, steam hauling winch, set of three wood shear legs, two sets wrought-iron ditto, motor parcel van, two platform weighing machines, patent machine, two 10-ton overhead cranes, fitters' vices and benches, fixtures, office furniture, &c. ; Cornish steam boiler, 20ft. long; vertical fire box steam boiler, horizontal steam engine, 10in. cylinder, 20in. stroke; four small engines and three air compressing engines, wrought-iron shafting ; steam, gas, and water piping, large equipment of loose working tools, new bolts, nuts, castings, fittings, and various stores; the valuable iron and wood patterns for the manufacture of winding engines, hauling gear, pumping engines, steam engines, and other colliery plant, large steam engines, propellers, and other general patterns. May viewed two days prior to sale. Sale to commence 11 a.m. prompt. Catalogues may be had from Auctioneers, 13, Norfolk-street, Manchester or from the liquidator. Mr. S. TAYLOR, 60, Market-place, Wigan. ARTINGSTALL &~ HIND AUCTIONEERS AND ARBITRATORS 45, PRINCESS-STREET, MANCHESTER.' [2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1883
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1st March 1902
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816