Hunslet Engine Company

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The Hunslet Engine Company is a British locomotive-building company founded in 1864 at Jack Lane, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England by John Towlerton Leather, a civil engineering contractor, who appointed James Campbell (son of Alexander Campbell, a Leeds engineer) as his Works Manager, who served for nearly 40 years.

The "Jack Lane, Hunslet, Leeds" works closed in 1995, the last order being for narrow gauge diesel locomotives used in the tunnelling on the Jubilee Line Extension of the London Underground.

The Hunslet Engine Company still exists today, and is still providing servicing for engines built by:-

  • Andrew Barclay
  • Avonside
  • North British
  • Greenwood and Batley
  • Hudswell Clarke
  • John Fowler
  • Kerr Stuart
  • Kitson
  • Manning Wardle


The Company site can be found here

Ffestiniog Hunslets include:


A number of other Hunslet (and predecessor companies) locos have visited one or other of the FR, WHR(C), and WHRL.

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