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Walker Brothers (Wigan)

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January 1888.
1898 Walker Bros compound ventilating engine at Garswood Hall Collieries
Pagefield Ironworks c.1905
1910. Horizontal compound air compressor.
1910. Ventilating fan. Exhibit at Trencherfield Mill
1920. Horizontal air compressor. Exhibit at Trencherfield Mill
1933. Three Ton Refuse Collector.
1936. Dehumidifier air compressor for South Africa.
1953. 8 ton mobile crane.

Walker Brothers of Pagefield Ironworks, Wigan were mining engineers and also produced Pagefield commercial vehicles.

1866 Company founded. See J. Scarisbrick Walker and Brothers

1890s: Engines at Whitburn Colliery, near Sunderland, were photographed by George Watkins: One was a cross compound fan engine made by Walker Bros, and the other was a winding engine believed to be by Walker Bros. Walker’s fitted new HP cylinders when higher pressure boilers were installed. [1]

1898 Compound ventilating engine for Garswood Hall Collieries (see illustration)[2]

1902 Fan engine for Dean and Chapter Colliery at Ferryhill. George Watkins photographed this vertical compound engine in 1953 [3]

1904 Private company.

c.1905 The company issued a catalogue containing hundreds of high quality photographs of the works and its products. Some of the photos are reproduced in Walker Brothers: Works Photographs c.1905.

1908 Ventilating fan engine for Crumlin Navigation Colliery.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motor Commercial Vehicles see the 1917 Red Book under the Pagefield name.

1919 - 1920 A few Pagefields buses were made on a lorry chassis.

1921 One of these was bodied as a bus in Britain.

1923 Ventilating fan engine for The Severn Tunnel.

1927 A low frame PSV chassis was produced. It was very ahead of its time having a six-cylinder Dorman engine, four wheel internally-expanding drum brakes.

The whole engine assembly could be detached and wheeled out; this was an idea later brought about by Morris-Commercial.

Users of Pagefields were Grant's Saloon Services and Wigan Corporation who were local to the company.

The company were known for making the most successful battery-electric trucks.

Bus bought by Liverpool Corporation with a 25 passenger body.

1936 Made a light railcar for the Paita-Pauira section of the Peruvian Corporation Railway, with a Gardner 6LW engine. A similar pair of railcars was supplied to the Sao Paulo Railway of Brazil. The design was based on that of railcars supplied to Ireland.[4]

By 1949 was a member of the Walmsleys (Bury) Group[5]

1961 Engineers and makers of mining and paper making machinery. [6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 2' by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  2. ‘The Engineer’ December ? 1898
  3. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 2' by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  4. [1] 25 Sept 1936, p.316
  5. The Times, Jan 06, 1949
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6