Records of English Electric Company Limited

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The records of the English Electric Company held at the NRM consist of photograph albums and Diesel manuals, neither of which is clearly dated.

Administrative / Biographical History

The English Electric Company was formed in 1918 and over the following year acquired Dick, Kerr and Company of Preston, Willans and Robinson of Rugby, the Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Company of Bradford and the Stafford Works of Siemens Brothers. In 1930, as part of a wider rationalisation of their production, electrical equipment work was concentrated on Bradford, while the production of trams, buses and rolling stock was centred on Preston. In 1946 English Electric acquired Marconi and in 1955 went on to extend their railway interests with the acquisition of Vulcan Foundry and Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn Ltd. The company tried to take over The General Electric Company (GEC) in 1960, but failed. They acquired Elliott Automation in 1967 and the following year GEC took over English Electric, ending its independent existence.

With such a broad range of acquisitions it is not surprising that English Electric also had a wide range of products including: trams, aviation, electronics, computers, guided missiles, tanks and other military equipment, as well as its substantial commitment to the railway industry. In 1923 they supplied electric locomotives to New Zealand Railways and in the 1930s were substantially involved in the electrification of the Southern Railway in the UK. In 1936 they began production of diesel locomotives at Preston and were later involved in the production of the Deltic locomotive for British Rail, presaging the end of steam traction in the UK.

Arrangement

The original order of the archive has been difficult to ascertain. The archive has therefore been arranged into two main series reflecting the nature of the record.

  • Photograph albums
  • Diesel manuals

There may be additional series in due course.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is given in accordance with the NRM access policy. Material from this archive is available to researchers through the Search Engine reading room.

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Acquisition Information

The archive originated from GEC Alsthom who inherited records of English Electric when it took over the company. The archive was split up and acquired by the NRM via separate routes. It was decided to reunite the collection at the NRM.

  • Photograph albums of diesel and electric locomotives, components and traction equipment: Transferred from GEC Alsthom, Trafford park, Manchester, 1992.
  • Maintenance manuals, operating manuals and parts catalogues: Transferred from GEC Alsthom, Preston 1994.

Other Finding Aids

There is an access database available to NRM staff that records locations of material.

Alternative Form Available

Not applicable.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

This archive consists of 25 hard backed volumes; E/1/20 and E/1/21 are bound together with archival tape, in addition 9 manuals that are in a fair condition.

Archivist's Note

The catalogue, inventory, administrative history and finding aids were compiled by Alison Kay, Visitor Services Assistant, April-September 2008.

Description created by Jane Ronson (Archives Hub team) using the Archives Hub EAD Editor, June 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied of items in the archive, provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is not detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM’s terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.

Appraisal Information

The archive has been appraised. Secondary material has been removed. NRM Correspondence, transcripts of private researchers and NRM library material has been placed in the NRM registry files and the library collections respectively.

Accruals

No accruals are expected to this archive though further additions may be made to the catalogue of items specific to the English Electric Company as they become available through the progressive audit of the wider GEC-Alsthom collection.

Related Material

Related units of description held at the National Railway Museum, listed by Category and Inventory number:

Archive Material

  • 1994-7150: Papers of J.O.P. Hughes, Chief Designer (Gas Turbine Projects), English Electric Company, concerning the experimental locomotive no. GT3, 1948-1975. 2 boxes.
  • 2003-7379: Locomotive test report, BR London Midland Region, Report R16, English Electric Gas Turbine Locomotive, No number of Locomotive, Was owned by English Electric, Purpose of test, To test incomplete locomotive at Rugby Testing Station, Special features, Gas turbine locomotive, February 1959, Origin Rugby, Edition contains text, 15 photographs, 4 diagrams, 2 graphs, 6 dimensions, Existing catalogue number TEST/GT/2.
  • 2003-7380: Locomotive test report, BR London Midland Region, Report R163, English Electric Gas Turbine Locomotive, No GT3, Purpose of test, Purpose of test, Performance and efficiency, Special features, Gas turbine locomotive, February 1962, Origin Derby, Edition contains text, 3 photographs, 0 diagrams, 1 graphs, 0 dimensions, Existing catalogue number TEST/GT/2.
  • 2003-8487: Specification, Great Western Railway, Diesel electric shunting locomotive 0-6-0 (or C), undated but probably 1934, 36 pages plus photographs, drawings and brochure. This is the English Electric Company specification P.96/RWS for locomotives offered to the Great Western Railway, including a 16 page brochure describing EE Diesel engines available in 1934.
  • 2003-8489: Specification, Great Western Railway, Diesel electric shunting locomotive 0-6-0 (or C), April 1945, 20 pages. This is English Electric Company tender E.3216 for locomotives offered to the Great Western Railway.
  • 2003-7379: British Railways fault-finding guide for English Electric Co. Type 3 diesel locomotives.
  • 2004-7891: English Electric Co. Ltd. / British Railways (Eastern Region) instruction book "English Electric Type 4 Locomotives Locomotive Operating Instructions and Fault Finding for Drivers". Film-strip edition, originally issued in conjunction with the filmstrip covering the first ten English Electric Type 4 locomotives numbered D200 to D209. Second edition issued September 1960 to make the book applicable to English Electric Type 4s of later manufacture. The book consists of frames from the filmstrip, with explanatory text and notes.
  • 2004-8066: British Railways (London Midland Region) booklet titled "Driver's Fault Finding Instructions for English Electric Type 1, 1000 h.p. and Type 4, 2000 h.p. Main Line Diesel Electric Locomotives", publication no. BR 33057, dated January 1961.
  • 2004-8078: Training notes titled "English Electric Type 1 Diesel Electric Locomotives - Descriptive Notes", from the British Railways (London Midland Region) M.P. Diesel Training School, Derby, dated December 1963. Includes diagrams. The cover instructs pupils to also make reference to the Fault Guide.
  • 2004-8079: British Railways (London Midland Region) Western lines notes for drivers, titled "English Electric Type 4 Diesel Electric Locomotives: frost precautions to be taken by enginemen whilst in traffic," publication no. BR 358/16, dated 7 October 1965.
  • 2005-7105: 7 files of notes, diagrams etc. issued by the British Railways (North Eastern Region) Motive Power School at York. Files cover HST, DMUs, Hawker-Siddeley, Brush, Crompton-Parkinson and English Electric locomotives.
  • 2006-7146: Small British Railways binder titled "Driving Instructions for Diesel Locomotives and Diesel Trains." Contains three sections: Miscellaneous Instructions (BR 33033/6, revised November 1957); English Electric D.3000-D.3116, D.3127-D.3136 (BR 33003/23); 350 hp English Electric D.3167-3438, 3454-72, D.3503-3611, 3652-71, D3672-D4048 (BR 33003/27).

Oral History Recordings

  • NAROH 2000-49: Oral history recording, John Vint.
  • NAROH 2000-58: Oral history recording, Garraway, Alan.
  • NAROH 2001-127: Oral history recording, Finney, Joyce.
  • NAROH 2002-15: Oral history recording, Power, Samuel Robert Douglas MBE.
  • NAROH 2002-22: Oral history recording, Goldfinch, Alan.
  • NAROH 2002-37: Oral history recording, Smith, Michael John.
  • NAROH 2002-40: Oral history recording, Gardiner, Ian David.
  • NAROH 2002-46: Oral history recording, Wickens, Alan Herbert.
  • NAROH 2002-91: Oral history recording, Aiers, Kenneth George
  • NAROH 2002-113: Oral history recording, Stephenson, Ivan
  • NAROH 2002-143: Oral history recording, Aston, David
  • NAROH 2005-01: Oral history recording, Urie, Robert

Models

  • 1958-118: Model electric locomotive, scale 1:12, English Electric 3000V, 3600HP locomotive as supplied to the Spanish National Railways (RENFE) in 1953.
  • 1963-29: Model diesel-electric locomotive, 1:12 scale, English Electric Deltic locomotive, 'Nimbus'.
  • 1971-129: Model diesel-electric locomotive, 1:16 scale, English Electric - A.E.I. Traction Limited, model No. 17 of prototype 3300hp Co-Co `DELTIC'.
  • 1971-130: Model electric locomotive, British Railways, English Electric - A.E.I. Traction Limited model no.TP25 of Class 85 3500hp Bo-Bo Electric A.L.5.
  • 1993-7144: Model, scale approx 1:8, wooden, of turntable bogie as used on SR/English Electric Bulleid/Raworth 147hp Co-Co electric No.20003
  • 1994-8931: Model diesel-electric locomotive, 00 gauge plastic kit, English Electric `Deltic' prototype, by Kitmaster, England, c.1960
  • 1994-8957: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, English Electric `DP2' Co-Co, probably by Clarkson, York, c.1960.
  • 1994-8960: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, Gold Coast Government Railways 750hp mixed traffic Bo-Bo No.777, prototype built 1955, model (in Ghana Railways livery) built at English Electric's Vulcan Works Apprentice Training School in 1964.
  • 1994-8964: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, Egyptian State Railways 1600hp, 1A Do A1, prototype built by Vulcan Foundry and English Electric, 1949.
  • 1994-8969: Model electric locomotive, scale 1/24, RENFE 3000 V DC Co-Co No.7701, prototype built by English Electric and Vulcan Foundry, 1952, model built by City Display Organisation, England, c.1955.
  • 1994-8974: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, Rhodesian Railways DE 111 Class 1-Co-Co-1 No.1300, prototype built by English Electric and Vulcan Foundry in 1962, model built by Severn Lamb, England, c.1962.
  • 1994-8978: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, NZGR `NZGE' class 1500hp 2-Co-Co-2 No.1509, prototype built by English Electric, 1953, model made by Clarkson, York, 1954.
  • 1994-8980: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, Queensland Government Railways 925hp Co-co No.1614, prototype builtby English Electric.
  • 1994-8982: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, North Western Railway of Brazil 1000hp A1A-A1A No.701, prototype built by English Electric and Vulcan Foundry, 1954, model built by Clarkson, York, 1954.
  • 1994-8990: Model diesel-electric locomotive, scale 1/24, prototype 'Deltic' Co-Co, prototype built by English Electric, 1955, model built by Edward Exley Ltd., c.1955
  • 1997-8478: Model electric locomotive, scale approximately 1:12, 0-4-0 battery electric mining locomotive, English Electric, c1965.
  • 1998-11934: Model diesel locomotive engine, 1/4 scale, English Electric type 6SRK 6-cylinder, sectioned, in plinthed glazed display case with drive rig, by Edward Exley & CO, Bradford, c1955.
  • 2007-7101 Model diesel-electric locomotive, 1:16 scale, English Electric prototype 3300 hp Co-Co 'Deltic'.

Workplates

  • 1986-8231: Workplate, British Railways, "British Railways Doncaster 1965. Electrical Equipment English Electric". Painted BR blue. 8 1/2"x6".
  • 1986-8232: Worksplate, British Railways, "British Railways Doncaster 1964. Electrical Equipment English Electric". 8 1/2"x6".
  • 1986-8292: Locomotive Worksplate, British Railways, "The English Electric Company Ltd London, No.2907/D559, 1960, The Vulcan Foundry Ltd Locomotive Works England", cast aluminium, rectangular, from Deltic No 55002, named "The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry" in March 1963, withdrawn January 1982.
  • 1986-8293: Locomotive Worksplate, British Railways, "The English Electric Company Ltd. London No. 2907/D559, 1960, The Vulcan Foundry Ltd. Locomotive Works England", cast aluminium, rectangular from Deltic No. 55002, named "The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry" in March 1963, withdrawn January 1982.
  • 1986-8294: Locomotive Worksplate, British Railways, "The English Electric Company Ltd. London No. 2907/D559, 1960, The Vulcan Foundry Ltd. Locomotive Works England", cast aluminium, rectangle, from Deltic No. 55002.
  • 1993-7129: Locomotive worksplate, brass, ex BR Class 40 Co-Co Diesel-Electric Locomotive No.40122 ( English Electric Type 4 No.D200), introduced 3/58, withdrawn 5/88.
  • 1999-7553: Locomotive worksplate, Dick Kerr, English Electric, Preston No. 809 of 1930, brass, rectangular, probably ex Post Office Underground vehicle.

Locomotives and Rolling Stock

  • 1963-80: Diesel-electric locomotive, prototype English Electric 3300HP "Deltic", 1955.
  • 1981-7002: Diesel-electric locomotive, British Railways, Type 1, Class 20 No. 20050, formerly D8000, built by English Electric in 1957, withdrawn in 1981.
  • 1988-7001: Diesel-electric locomotive, British Railways, Type 4 Class 40 No. D200, built by English Electric in 1958.
  • 1994-7283: Diesel-Electric Locomotive, British Railways, Type 4, Class 50, Co-Co No 50033 "Glorious", built by English Electric 1968.
  • 2001-7861: Diesel-electric locomotive, British Railways, built English Electric Company, Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, Type 3, Class 37, No. 6700 (37350) of 1961.

Related units of description held elsewhere, listed by Repository:

Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, England.

Technical and production records. Collection held privately: enquiries to Institution of Electrical Engineers.

Liverpool Record Office, City Libraries, William Brown Street,Liverpool, L3 8EW, England.

1953-69: Netherton Works (Merseyside) visitors book.

Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE, England.

1938-51: Lancashire (Preston) designs.

Location of Originals

Not applicable.

Bibliography

  • Bradley, Rodger P. Power for the world's railways : GEC Traction and its predecessors - 1823 to the present day (Sparkford : Oxford Publishing, c1993)
  • Siemens Brothers & Co. Ltd. Electricity in transport : over sixty years’ experience, 1883-1950 (London: English electric Ltd, 1951)
  • Jennison, John The Book of the Deltic (Class 55 English Electric type 5 co-co) (Clophill, Irwell Press, 2008)
  • Hayward, David The Class 40s (Appleby, Trans-Pennine Publishing, 2005)
  • Glover, John English Electric Traction Album (London, Ian Allan, 1981)
  • Preedy, Norman E. The English Electric Type 4s: a picture study (Gloucester, Peter Watts, 1977)
  • Webb, Brian The English Electric Main Line Diesels of British Rail (Newton Abbot, David & Charles, 1976)

Geographical Names