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Thomson and Co

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of Victoria St, Westminster, and Crown Ironworks, Glasgow

1860 Company founded.

c.1868 James Baird Handyside became connected with Mr. W. S. Thomson in the manufacture of railway springs and buffers

1873 Well known for the patented wool-cushioned springs that the company made[1]

1874 The business of Thomson and Co of Victoria St, Westminster (manufacturer of railway springs and buffers at Crown Ironworks, Glasgow) and the business and patents of Mr L. Sterne, carried on under the name of L. Sterne and Co, were amalgamated as a limited company, Thomson, Sterne and Co; the whole of the capital was taken by the partners of the firm[2] Mr. Handyside was the managing director in Glasgow.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1873
  2. The Times, Jul 17, 1874