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Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works

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Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works of Preston.

1898 The Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works was registered on 25 April to acquire works at Preston, Lancashire. The company was founded by two Scotsmen, W. B. Dick and John Kerr. They produced electrical equipment for tramways and railways and built over 8,000 tramcars, for service in the UK and abroad.

1900 June. Tramways and Light Railways Exhibition at Islington. Exhibited with Dick, Kerr and Co and the English Electric Manufacturing Co [2]

1902 Joint exhibit by Dick, Kerr and Co, the English Electrical Manufacturing Company, and the Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works, Limited at the International Tramways and Light Railway Exhibition[3]

1905 The company took over two other works, the name being then changed to United Electric Car Co [4].

1917 Dick, Kerr and Co, also in Strand Road, Preston, acquired the United Electric Car Co, makers of trams.

1919 The Dick, Kerr and United Electric Car Works were acquired by the English Electric Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Image from Electrical Review c.1899
  2. The Engineer of 29th June 1900 p667
  3. The Engineer 1902/07/04
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908