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Bury, Curtis and Kennedy

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1846. Engine for the Furness Railway. Exhibit at the National Railway Museum.
1847 GS&W engine pictured in 1896.

of Clarence Foundry, Liverpool

Formerly Edward Bury and Co

1842 Edward Bury took James Kennedy as a partner (and presumably Timothy Abraham Curtis), and the company name was changed to Bury, Curtis and Kennedy.

1840s? Four column beam engine at the Taunton Tannery of E & W C French. Photographed by George Watkins in 1938, the engine was recorded as still being in situ in 1968[1]. It was removed to Poldark Mine in 1986, but was later reported to be in store in Somerset[2]

1846 The Huddersfield was built by Bury for working mineral trains on the Stockton and Darlington Railway.[3]

By 1846, much larger engines were being requested by the railway companies and, though sales continued, the company had fallen behind in its designs and was soon wound up.

By 1848 350 locomotives had been built.

1850 Dissolution of the Partnership between Edward Bury, T. A. Curtis and James Kennedy, as Ironfounders and Engineers, at Liverpool, when Timothy Abraham Curtis retired[4]

1851 The company had fallen behind in its designs and was wound up, having built around 415 locomotives.

1852 Details of a four-wheeled locomotive. [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 7: The South & South West', by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  2. [1]Geograph website with old photo of engine
  3. The Engineer 1875/10/01
  4. London Gazette 22 March 1850.
  5. The Imperial Journal 1852 Vol I. p93