Ashbury Carriage and Iron Company

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Original Ashbury FR No. 10

Also known as The Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Company Ltd

The Ashbury Works at Manchester were founded by John Ashbury in 1837 at Knott Mill in Manchester, England, near the original terminus of the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway. It moved to Openshaw in 1841 and became a limited company in 1862 as The Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Company Ltd. The company were builders of rolling stock at Openshaw, Manchester, and iron manufacturers at Ardwick, Manchester. The works were extremely well known and were fully employed until 1902** when the business was transferred to Saltley. . [1] C G Wallace June1945

In 1908** the business was transferred to Saltley in Birmingham when it merged with Ashbury, Brown and Marshalls. This was absorbed into the Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd which later became the Metro Cammell|Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Co Ltd.

Examples of its rolling stock survive to this day on preserved railways all over the world.

The company name, however, was recently revived by a group within the Gelerts Farm community, in order to recreate some of the carriages that it built. More recently this has been incorporated into a larger group, the Welsh Highland Railway Heritage Train Project. So far, under either banner, over £20,000 has been raised towards the rebuilding of Ashbury carriage 25. See WHR Ltd


There is some query on the date of transfer. Some sources say 1902 and some say 1908. It may be that the purchase took place on the earlier date, and the transfer of work on the latter.


  1. ^ C G Wallace, Metro Cammell Company History June 1945

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