Yates and Thom, Blackburn, UK – Makers of the original Peak Tram engines
HF: Yates and Thom, (formerly W and J Yates), 9 Canal Ironworks, Blackburn, UK, were makers of engines for mills, collieries and waterworks.
And the orginal engine for the Peak Tram which was opened for public service on 28 May 1888. Construction had begun іn September 1885.
Initially a static steam engine was used to power the haulage cable “built by Yates and Thom, each provided with a Wheeler surface-condenser, of the Admiralty pattern, and may be worked either condensing or non-condensing. The condensers are fixed in the basement below the engine-room, as also are all the steam and other pipes, thus leaving the engine-room free and open.” (1)
1826 Company established. Exhibit at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry.
1892 1100 HP vertical cross compound engine for Horrockses Crewdson Ltd; Fishwick Mill, Preston
1894 Engines for the Portsmouth Electric Supply works.
1900 Supplied three Lancashire boilers for the Gloucester electricity supply works.
c.1901 Supplied six twin cylinder vertical engines driving 1500 kW alternators to Stuart Street Power Station, Manchester
1905 The company was registered on 18 July, to acquire the business of the firm of the same name, engineers, ironfounders and boiler makers.
1906 1750 HP Horizontal four cylinder triple expansion engine for Durban Mill, Hollinwood
1907 Name Plate. Engineers, Millwrights and Boilermakers. Exhibit at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry.
1912 Supplied a winding engine to Astley Green Colliery.
1914 Supplied a winding engine to Sutton Manor Colliery.
1925 1800 HP Horizontal cross compound engine for No. 2 Mill, Leigh Spinners Ltd., Leigh
HF: In 1928, the company became Foster, Yates and Thom when it was acquired by Joseph Foster & Sons.
The company continued to manufacture boilers until 1964, with the remainder of the works closing in 1973.
- Source: Twentieth century impressions of Hong-kong, Shanghai and other Treaty Ports of China, Arnold Wright, Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing Company, 1908
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