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Tulk and Ley

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1848. Built for the Dundee and Perth Railway.

Tulk and Ley of Lowca Works, Whitehaven was a locomotive manufacturer

1763 Founded as a hardware manufacturer by Thomas Heslop - presumably Lowca Foundry

1808 The firm became Millward and Co

1830 The firm became known as Tulk and Ley and began making locomotives with an order for the Maryport and Carlisle Railway.

Also known as Lowca Engine Works

1843 The first two locomotives were a 2-2-2 and an 0-6-0, with a further 2-2-2. They then built a number of 0-4-2 locos for various Northern railways.

1843 'A new iron schooner, the first ever constructed in this county, was launched on Wednesday week, from the beach at Lowca, near the extensive foundry of Messrs. Tulk, Ley, and Co., by whom she was built. This handsome vessel registers 137 tons old measurement, and 131 new, and on leaving the stocks on which she was constructed received with the usual formalities the name of " The Lowca." She is intended, we understand, for the Mediterranean trade, under the command of Capt. Dobson. The Lowca is now in harbour receiving the necessary equipments for sea.'[1]

1846 Built the locomotive 'Lowther' for the Whitehaven Junction Railway [2]

From 1847 they built a number of engines to the Crampton pattern, the first three, Namur, Liege and another, being ordered by G. and J. Rennie for the Namur and Liege Railway. The order was undelivered because the railway was not ready. Namur was tested by the LNWR who were considering their purchase. In the end all three were sold to the South Eastern Railway.

Two more engines were sold to the Dundee and Perth and Aberdeen Railway Junction company and the Maryport and Carlisle Railway each, and two for the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway.

The LNWR bought a, somewhat larger, engine in 1847, which was reported to have reached 72mph. The rough riding that was typical of Crampton locos, and difficulties with steaming, meant that they did not stay long in service, although they were more successful on the continent.

1857 Around twenty engines had been built. The company was taken over by Fletcher, Jennings and Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Carlisle Journal - Saturday 5 August 1843
  2. Carlisle Journal, 27 June 1846
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • [1] Wikipedia