Thompson & Cole

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Thompson & Cole
Industry Engineering
Founded c.1833
Founder Thomas Thompson and Joseph Cole
HeadquartersLittle Bolton, England
Products Steam locomotives and stationary engines

Thompson & Cole was a Locomotive manufacturer at Hope Foundry, St George's Street, Little Bolton, England. [1]

Locomotive railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train

A locomotive or engine is a rail transport vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. If a locomotive is capable of carrying a payload, it is usually rather referred to as multiple units, motor coaches, railcars or power cars; the use of these self-propelled vehicles is increasingly common for passenger trains, but rare for freight.

Little Bolton was a township of the civil and ecclesiastical parish of Bolton le Moors in the Salford hundred of Lancashire, England. Besides the main part of Little Bolton, it had three detached parts which were separated by areas of Lower Sharples and Higher Sharples. Despite its name, Little Bolton had a larger acreage than its southern neighbour Great Bolton, from which it was separated by the River Croal.

The history of the company included Thomas Thompson, William Swift and Joseph Cole, all of whom were promoters of the Bolton and Leigh Railway. In the early 1800s, the company was called Thompson and Swift, ironfounders. [2] Around 1828, the name changed to Thompson, Swift and Cole. [3] About 1833, the name changed again to Thompson and Cole. Finally, the name changed to W. and J. Cole. W. Cole was probably William Cole, born 1817, the son of Joseph Cole. [4]

The company produced five steam locomotives around 1840 and 1841, two of them for the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway. Stationary steam engines were also built including, in 1845, a beam engine for Thomas Appleton and Company of Horrabin Mills, Turton, Lancashire.

Steam locomotive railway locomotive that produces its pulling power through a steam engine

A steam locomotive is a type of railway locomotive that produces its pulling power through a steam engine. These locomotives are fueled by burning combustible material – usually coal, wood, or oil – to produce steam in a boiler. The steam moves reciprocating pistons which are mechanically connected to the locomotive's main wheels (drivers). Both fuel and water supplies are carried with the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in wagons (tenders) pulled behind.

Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway early British railway company (1839–1844)

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Steam engine Heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid

A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid. The steam engine uses the force produced by steam pressure to push a piston back and forth inside a cylinder. This pushing force is transformed, by a connecting rod and flywheel, into rotational force for work. The term "steam engine" is generally applied only to reciprocating engines as just described, not to the steam turbine.

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