Drewry Car Co.
The Drewry Car Co was a railway locomotive and railcar sales organisation for most of its life. Only at the start and the end of its life did it build its own products, relying on sub-contractors for the rest of its time. It was quite separate from the lorry-builder, Shelvoke and Drewry, but it is believed that James Sidney Drewry was involved with both companies.
Drewry & Sons ran a motor and cycle repair business in Herne Hill, London, and started building BSA engined inspection railcars. A ready market was found in South America, Africa, and India. Drewry Car Co Ltd was registered on 27 November 1906. In 1908 BSA (of motor-cycle fame) took over building the railcars in Small Heath, Birmingham. In 1911 building was taken over by Baguley Cars, Burton-on-Trent. From 1930 a lot of Drewry locomotives were built by English Electric companies.
In 1962 Drewry acquired a controlling interest in what had become E E Baguley Ltd, and formed Baguley-Drewry Ltd in 1962, thus once again building its own locomotives, in Burton-on-Trent. The company closed in 1984.
- 29 TR class for the New Zealand Railways Department
- 1 LMS diesel shunter 7050
- 142 British Rail Class 04s
- 16 DS class for the New Zealand Railways Department
- 19 DSA class for the New Zealand Railways Department
- 25 DSB class for the New Zealand Railways Department
- 1 0-6-0 shunter for the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company
- 18 Western Australian Government Railways Y class
- 6 Western Australian Government Railways Z class
- Tasmanian Government Railways DP class
- 35 RM class for the New Zealand Railways Department
- 1 for the Christmas Island Phosphate Co.'s Railway
- 1 for the Southern Railway It was tested on various branch lines in Southern England but found to be too small for most purposes. It was sold to the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway in 1934 and broken up in 1940 when that railway was sold to the Great Western Railway.
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- Tasmania's New Diesel Railcars Port Pirie Recorder 26 September 1939 page 2
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- Marsden, Colin J., (2003) The Diesel Shunter, Oxford Publishing, ISBN 0-86093-579-5
- The Railway Products of Baguley-Drewry Ltd and Its Predecessors, Civil, A, and Etherington, R, (2008), The Industrial Railway Society, ISBN 978-1-901556-44-5
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