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Yorkshire Engine Co

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1869-70.
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1961. Name Plate for No 2855.
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1926. Oil Burning Engine for the Central Railway of Peru.
1931. Pannier Tank Engine No.8743 for the Great Western Railway.
1952.

of Meadow Hall Works, Sheffield.

1864 Company registered[1]

1866 The works were built for the manufacture of locomotive engines on a large scale.

Later diversified into making stationary engines, torpedo engines, and boilers.

1884 The company was registered on 18 March.

1901 Boiler makers. [2]

1906-1908 Produced the 'Y.E.C.' car. Fifty built.[3]

1908 The company is also engaged in motor-car construction. [4]

1948 The United Steel Companies Ltd needed new locomotives following the end of World War II; when the opportunity arose to purchase the Yorkshire Engine company, United Steel acquired it at a good price, with a view also to centralising the engineering workshops which would serve their steelworks at Templeborough (Rotherham) and Stocksbridge.


From 'Short Histories of Famous Firms' by Ernest Leopold Ahrons [5]

The Yorkshire Engine Company, Ltd., Meadow Hill Works, Sheffield.

"The origin of the Yorkshire Engine Company, Limited, is stated to have been a suggestion thrown out by the late Mr. Archibald Sturrock, then (1865) the chief locomotive superintendent of the Great Northern Railway at Doncaster. Mr. Sturrock drew the attention of a number of gentlemen interested in the Sheffield and Manchester engineering and iron trades to the growing and successful competition of the Glasgow locomotive builders, who were capturing large locomotive orders on the English railways. Not only had the well-known firm of Messrs. Neilson and Co secured important locomotive contracts for several of the principal main lines on this side of the border, but the competing firm of Messrs. Dubs and Co had also just been founded by Mr Henry Dubs and had started operations in Glasgow.

Mr Sturrock's suggestion, which was probably in the nature of a prophetic hint, and duly considered, and a meeting was called at 64, Cross-street, Manchester, at which it was determined to form a new company with a capital of £200,000, and Mr Alfred Sacre of Peterborough was appointed the first managing director. The works were founded at Meadow Hall, Wincobank, near Sheffield, and Mr. Alfred Sacre was responsible for the layout and equipment of the buildings and plant. The situation of the works was at that time outside the Sheffield boundary, and the facilities for housing workmen were so poor that the company found it necessary to build a number of cottages at Wincobank, which it still retains..."


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 24, 1877
  2. White's Directory of Sheffield and Rotherham, 1901 p849
  3. Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. The Engineer 1922/08/18