Records of Hurst, Nelson & Company Ltd, railway rolling stock manufacturers, Motherwell, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Photograph of Shell Company of West Africa Ltd. Order No. LO/E/M bogie fuel oil tank wagon, 1938
  • Photograph of Gold Coast Railway contract No.62431 – 3' 6'' gauge bogie fuel oil tank wagon, 1938
  • Photographs of Iraqi State Railway requisition No.1046/1, No. 1799/1, No. 1803/1, No. 1950/1 wagons, 1938
  • Photograph of Berry Wiggins & Co. Ltd. No.96 load 15 tons, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Ormiston Coal Coy. Ltd. No. 34, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Sudan Government Railways order No. SR 37012 bogie benzine tank wagon, 1938
  • Photograph of Ronuk Ltd. Portslade No.38 load 14 tons, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Anglo Iranian Oil Co. Ltd. Order No. P7842 1 bogie transporting wagon, 1937
  • Photographs of Charringtons No.257 load 20 tons and No. 272 load 21 tons, c 20th century
  • Photograph of New Zealand Railway bogie match trucks 3' 6'' gauge, 1938
  • Photograph of Shell Coy. Of West Africa Ltd. Order No. LO/E/M 770 de G (a) bogie fuel oil tank wagons 3' 6'' gauge (Gold Coast Railway), c 20th century
  • Photograph of Bogie transporting wagon 35T LMS 720 700, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Shelton Iron, Steel & Coal Co. Ld. No.744 Cobridge LMS load 12 tons, c 20th century
  • Photograph of W&D Mossend Ammonia factory No.15 load 20 tons, c 20th century
  • Photographs of Sudan Railways O.No. SR382649 15 ton four wheel covered goods wagon, 1938
  • Photographs of Bogie wagon six wheel, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Thomas Ovens & Sons Ltd. No12 Bo Ness load 12 tons, 1938
  • Photograph of Spencer, Abbott & Co. Ltd No. 1396 load 12 tons, 1938
  • Photographs of Jodhpur Railway contract No.1240, No. 1241, Nos.1244, No.1245, 1938
  • Photograph of ICI Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. No. 297 load 40 tons, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Backworth wagon No.1101 , c 20th century
  • Photograph of Bogie Transporting wagon N S Dept. Chatham, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Goods wagon N E 10T Fish, c 20th century
  • Photographs of Kenya Uganda Railways & Harbours requisition Nos.3171, 5811 four wheel oil tank wagon, c 1939
  • Photographs of transport fitting, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Bogie tank wagon load 14 tons No.122 for Under Secretary of State & Ministry, London, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Gaekwar's Baroda State Railway contract No.491 four wheel oil tank wagon, 1938
  • Photographs of Mysore State Railways contract No.796 bogie petrol tank wagon, 1938
  • Photograph of Kenya Uganda Railways & Harbours requisition No.308/1 bogie water tank wagons, c 20th century
  • Photograph of Wemyss goods wagon load 12 tons tare 7-6 No.2985, 1939
  • Photograph of Lubricating & Fuel Oils Ltd. London bogie oil tank wagon No.68 load 12 tons, c 20th century
  • Photographs of Anglo Iranian Oil Co. Ltd. Order No. CR 406 1 cylinder transporting bogie wagon, 1939
  • Photograph of Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd. Glasgow 120 ton bogie wagon, c 20th century
  • Photograph of C A Parsons & Co. Ltd. Newcastle on Tyne 60 Ton six wheel Bogie, c 20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

Hurst, Nelson & Company Ltd was a railway and tramway rolling stock manufacturing company based in Motherwell, Scotland. The company was established in 1880, and built many railway wagons, as well as trams for several local authorities.

In 1909, they were incorporated as a limited company to acquire a company of the same name who were registered in 1893. Among their specialties included railway carriages, wagons, electric cars and other types of railway or tramway rolling stock, motor omnibus and other road vehicles bodies, electric railway and tramway trucks, wheels, axles, and much more.

The company built the original trailer carriages for the Glasgow Subway, and a batch of 24 four-wheeled vehicles were supplied in 1898. These were similar in style to the cars supplied by the Oldbury Railway Carriage and Wagon Company for the opening of the cable hauled railway in 1896. Hurst, Nelson and Co displayed one of these at the Earl’s Court exhibition centre in London. As well as this, the company also supplied vehicles for the London Underground. In the summer of 1905, they delivered two battery-electronic locomotives, also used for the construction of the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway, and subsequently also for the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway. Hurst, Nelson and Co were also involved in the extensions and improvements made to the Metropolitan District Railway (which later became the District line of the London Underground) in the early 1900s, and the company provided 32 motor cars and 20 trailers in 1910. By 1914, the number of employees working for the company totalled 1,600.

In 1918, the company Wagon Repairs was founded in order to acquire the wagon-repairing business of various wagon-building firms, including Hurst, Nelson & Company Ltd.

Arrangement

Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Deposit : Patricia Emslie : July 2004 : ACCN 2588

Note

Collection box listed by William Bill, Archives Technician, 7 Sep 2004. Collection level description created by Jennifer Turner, Archive Assistant, 8 Jan 2012.

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

Geographical Names