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Forward Gas Engine Co

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of Schofield Street, Birmingham, engine makers

1889 Name of T. B. Barker and Co changed to Forward Gas Engine Co

1889 Frederick Lanchester joined the company which was employing 300 men

1889 George Lanchester started an apprenticeship with the company. His elder brother, Frederick, was already Works Manager with the same company.

The company had a contract with Crossley Brothers to service and maintain Otto gas engines

1893 Frederick Lanchester left the company in order to pursue a full-time career as a research scientist, concentrating on the field that would later come to be known as aerodynamics. George, though still only 19, took over his brother’s position as Works Manager.

1894 Forward Gas Engine. Article and illustrations in 'The Engineer' [1]

1902 Forward gas engine. 2 hp. Exhibit at Anson Engine Museum

1904 The company was bought by Kynoch

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