Grant, Ritchie and Company
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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. They took over an existing business called Grant Brothers 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. A Grant, Ritchie locomotive is preserved at the Ribble Steam Railway.
- 272 "Grant Ritchie 272/1894", www.ribblesteam.org.uk (Ribble Steam Railway), retrieved 14 January 2012
- "British locomotive manufacturers", wwww.steamindex.com, Grant Ritchie & Co., Townholme Engine Works, Kilmarnock, retrieved 12 January 2012
- "Lady Victoria Colliery (Chapter 4)" (PDF), www.scottishminingmuseum.com, 9 Winding-Engine House, p.46; Figure 4.22, p.52
- "Grant, Ritchie and Co", www.gracesguide.co.uk