Bagnall & Baguley

Bagnall, W. G. Ltd. Stafford
Founded by William Gordon Bagnall in 1875. (Lowe). First locomotive was an 0-4-0ST supplied to the Duke of Buckingham for the Wootton Tramway. Lowe notes that the appointment of Samuel T. Price introduced a "mainstay of the company for design and production". By 1892 about 140 locomotives had been produced. E.E. Baguley (below) joinded the firm in 1891 but left to found his own business. Output included some for the mainline companies: 25 class 3 0-6-0Ts for the LMS and a further seven for the SDJR, and fifty 0-6-0PTs for the GWR. Later 52 Austerity 0-6-0STs were manufactured during WW2. The manufacture of fireless locomotives began in 1924 with one for the papermills of Edward Lloyd at Sittingbourne (see Brian Syddall in Backtrack, 15, 252) (a 2-4-0 for the 2ft 6in gauge system). This was the first of fifteen fireless locomotives manufactured. The last steam locomotive to be manufactured was a narrow gauge 2-8-2 (WN 3126) for the Mysore Iron & Steel Works. Fig 20: 2996/1951 outside cylinder 0-6-0ST Victor for Austin Motor Co. Fig 19: outside cylinder 0-8-0T for Karabuk Iron & Steel Co. in Turkey.

Baker, Allan Charles and Thomas David Allen Civil Bagnalls of Stafford: locomotive builders and railway engineers of the Castle Engine Works, Stafford, England 1875-1972. Oakwood, 1975. 265pp.
Includes list of locomotives manufactured..

Bagnall, William Gordon
Marshall states that born at Cliff Hall, Tamworth on 19 January 1852 and died on 19 July 1907. He was educated privately, entered banking, but then joined John Bagnall & Sons of West Bromwich. In 1876 he moved to Stafford and joined Massey & Hill's small millwright's business. He then established his own works which supplied light locomotives mainly for narow gauge railways. Founder of W.G. Bagnall, Castle Engine Works in Stafford in 1875.

Baker, Allan Charles and Thomas David Allen Civil Bagnalls of Stafford: locomotive builders and railway engineers of the Castle Engine Works, Stafford, England 1875-1972. Oakwood, 1975. 265pp.
Includes list of locomotives manufactured.

Patents (Bagnall) see also 576
11832/1903. An improved valve motion for engines with Samuel Thomas Price. Applied 23 May 1903. Published 16 July 1903. 

Baker, Allan C. Bagnall locomotive valve gears. Ind. Rly Rec., 1966 (11)

See also William Sydney Edwards
See also Arthur Hewitt Gilling.

Baguley, E. E. Ltd., Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent
Baguley had been employed by W.G. Bagnall but in 1911 left to form Baguley (Cars) Ltd in Burton-on-Trent. In 1920 the firm's name was changed to Baguley (Engineers) Ltd. Baguley was an inventor of a valve gear, also used at Bagnall's. He developed the Rail-Grip patented locomotive in 1923 (this applied additional power to grooved wheels through a jackshaft and assisted adhesion on steep gradients). An experimental locomotive was patented but not built: a two speed geared locomotive with a high pressure Clarkson Thimble boiler. Baguley was also involved witth internal combustion locomotives. Lowe lists the locomotives (all narrow gauge except one) output between 1919 and 1928.

Baguley, Ernest Edwin
Baguley had been employed by W.G. Bagnall but left Bagnall to be the manager of Ryknield Engine Company Ltd in 1902: this failed in 1905 and was reformed as Ryknield Motor Company 16 May 1906. At around this time he went to BSA to manage car production there. In 1910 Ryknield Motor Company was put into liquidation (28 Jul source Lichfield Record office BD110/96) and at  around the same time BSA bought Daimler from the reciever and closed their car department in favour of using the Daimler factory. Baguley started Baguley Cars Ltd to take over the defunct Ryknield Motor Co in Sept 1911. He served with the BEF in France and achieved the rank of Major. In 1920 the firm's name was changed to Baguley (Engineers) Ltd. Baguley was an inventor of a valve gear in 1893, whilst at Bagnall's. He developed the Rail-Grip patented locomotive in 1923 (this applied additional power to grooved wheels through a jackshaft and assisted adhesion on steep gradients). An experimental locomotive was patented but not built: a two speed geared locomotive with a high pressure Clarkson Thimble boiler. Baguley was also involved witth internal combustion locomotives. Lowe lists the locomotives (all narrow gauge except one) output between 1919 and 1928.

Patents (Baguley)
11469/1893. An improvement in the valve gear of steam engines. Applied 12 June 1893. Published 17 March 1894
576/1896. Locomotive to run on various gauges. with Bagnall. Applied 9 October 1896. Published 7 November 1896.
7665/1913. Improvements in or relating to railway motor cars. Applied 1 April 1913. Published 1 April 1914.
16030/1915. Improvements in or relating to locomotives, railway motor cars, and the like. with Baguley Cars Ltd. Applied 13 November 1915. Published 26 October 1916.
120,238. Improvements in or relating to the power transmission mechanism of locomotives, railway motor cars, and the like. with Baguley Cars Ltd. and Leonard Bentall. Applied 25 October 1917. Published 7 November 1918.
125,240 Improvements in or relating to the power transmission mechanism of locomotives, railway motor cars, and the like. with Baguley Cars Ltd. Applied 24 April 1918. Published 17 April 1919.
127,546 Improvements in or relating to the power transmission mechanism of locomotives, railway motor cars, and the like. with Baguley Cars Ltd. Applied 24 April 1918. Published 26 May 1919.
149,450 Improvements in or relating to the power transmission mechanism of locomotives, railway motor cars, and the like. with Baguley Cars Ltd. Applied 20 May 1919. Published 19 August 1920
202,877 Improvements in or relating to wheels, and to the manufacture thereof. Applied 20 October 1922. Published 30 August 1923.
253,315 Improvements in or relating to axle boxes. with Baguley Engineers Ltd. Applied 30 April 1925. Published 17 June 1926
331,420 An improved railway or tramway vehicle. Applied 17 August 1929. Published 3 July 1930.
470,513 Improvements relating to variable speed gear mechanism for vehicles. with E.E. Baguley Ltd. Applied 29 February 1936. Published 17 August 1937.

Book about
Weaver, Colin Rodney. Baguley locomotives, 1914-1931: the locomotives built at Shobnall Road Works, Burton-on-Trent, by Baguley Cars Limited and Baguley (Engineers) Limited. Industrial Railway Society, 1975.

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