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Fowlers of Leeds Pt. One - The Glory Years
In the mid 19th Century, John Fowler began to sow the seeds that would ultimately see the birth of one of the biggest and best known steam manufacturers in Britain. He instigated the establishment of the famous Steam Plough Works at Hunslet in Leeds in the early 1860s but met an untimely death in 1864 at the age of only 38. 1886 saw the incorporation of the Company that bore his name, John Fowler & Company (Leeds) Ltd. The name of John Fowler was carried on steam engines which were exported to all four corners of the world. Part one of our story, " The Glory Years" concentrates on the period of steam production, before the internal combustion engine displaced steam at the Steam Plough Works. The Company's success was initially built around the manufacture of implements and steam ploughing engines. A variety of implements and ploughing engines can be seen at work, and in close up, ranging from single cylinder examples dating from the 1870s to the ubiquitous compound BB1s. General purpose traction engines developed from the Fowler ploughing engines are also well represented together with their road locomotive cousins. The development of steam road rollers and steam tractors is also discussed. The Fowler steam engine is seen in its most magnificent guise as the Showman's Road Locomotive, including the ultimate design of these fine engines, the B6 Super Lion. As well as footage of Fowler agricultural and road steam engines we also see a Fowler 0-4-2 2ft gauge steam railway locomotive. Featuring narrative by Dave Milton, this is probably the most comprehensive video available that concentrates solely on the steam products of John Fowler & Company (Leeds) Ltd.
Code No. 008925, $21.00