E. B. Wilson and Company

E. B. Wilson And Company

E. B. Wilson and Company

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E.B.Wilson and Company was a locomotive manufacturing company at the Railway Foundry in Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.


When Todd left Todd, Kitson & Laird in 1838, he joined Shepherd in setting up the Railway Foundry as Shepherd and Todd. It was bought by James Fenton, formerly a partner in Fenton, Murray and Jackson in 1846 and, for a while, was Fenton Craven and Company. The partnership with Craven ended and E.B.Wilson took over as E.B.Wilson and Company, retaining Fenton as Works Manager. Many of the maker's plates, however, retained the name "The Railway Foundry, Leeds."


The works was expanded with the intention of producing up to fifty engines a year. Fenton's boiler designs were particularly successful, and the company's products acquired a reputation for workmanship and reliability.

David Joy

Originally an apprentice at Fenton, Murray and Jackson and later at Shepherd and Todd, David Joy was their Chief Draughtsman and was tasked with designing a new engine for the London and Brighton Railway. Dissatisfied by the engines then current in Yorkshire and having spent three weeks studying John Gray's at Brighton, he produced a similar design. The first of these, in 1847, was named Jenny Lind and was an immediate success. There is some controversy whether Fenton, Joy or even Wilson was responsible. Joy would appear to have produced the drawings, but Fenton would have had toapprove them, and the success of the engine...
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