Grant, Ritchie and Company

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Grant, Ritchie and Company
Industry Engineering
Founded 1876
Headquarters Kilmarnock, Scotland
Products Steam locomotives, stationary engines

Grant, Ritchie and Company was a Scottish engineering firm based in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The company's products included steam engines and steam locomotives.


In 1876, there was a disastrous fire at Andrew Barclay’s Caledonia works in Kilmarnock. At this point, two employees of Andrew Barclay, Thomas Grant and William Ritchie, set up Grant, Ritchie and Company at Townholme Engine Works, Kilmarnock to manufacture steam locomotives.[1] They took over an existing business called Grant Brothers[2] but it is not known whether there was a family connection to Thomas Grant.

Grant, Ritchie also built colliery winding engines and one of these is preserved at the National Mining Museum; a 2400 hp engine built for the Victoria Colliery in the 1890s.[3] A Grant, Ritchie locomotive is preserved at the Ribble Steam Railway,[1] currently on loan at York until April 2017.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Grant Ritchie 272/1894",, Ribble Steam Railway, retrieved 17 February 2017 
  2. ^ "British locomotive manufacturers",, Grant Ritchie & Co., Townholme Engine Works, Kilmarnock, retrieved 12 January 2012 
  3. ^ "Lady Victoria Colliery (Chapter 4)" (PDF),, 9 Winding-Engine House, p.46; Figure 4.22, p.52 
  4. ^ "Locomotive Check-List",, Ribble Steam Railway, retrieved 17 February 2017 

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