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GEC Traction

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1930. Oil electric locomotive, made in association with William Beardmore and Co.

Note: This is a sub-section of GEC

of Westinghouse Road, Trafford Park, Manchester. (1982)

By 1927 GEC was one of the UK's major electrical-machinery and plant manufacturers

1930 GEC received contracts for the Manchester-Altrincham electrification and other railway projects[1].

1939 Railway electrification business both at home and abroad[2].

Post-WWII Collaborated with English Electric Co on railway electrification projects.

1960-7 Over this period GEC and English Electric won overseas orders worth £30M for railway locomotives[3]

GEC Traction Ltd was presumably formed by bringing together the traction activities of English Electric and AEI with those of GEC.

1972 Order to GEC Traction from Malaysia for locomotives worth £4M[4]

1982 Employers: Associated Electrical Industrial Ltd. so part of GEC

1985 GEC Transportation Projects was responsible for the electrical and mechanical work on the Docklands Light Railway; the vehicle propulsion equipment was manufactured by GEC Traction [5]

1989 GEC Alsthom was formed as a 50/50 joint venture by the merger of the power and transport divisions of Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (CGE) and GEC.

1989 Became GEC Alsthom Traction Ltd

1998 Became Alstom Traction Ltd, or Rugby

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 26 June 1930
  2. The Times, 30 June 1939
  3. The Times Saturday, Sept. 7, 1968
  4. The Times Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1972
  5. The Times Friday, Apr. 19, 1985
  • Companies House filings