Foster, Rastrick and Company
Foster, Rastrick and Company was one of the pioneering
steam locomotivemanufacturing companies of England. It was based in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, now West Midlands.
James Foster, an ironmaster, and engineer
John Urpeth Rastrickbecame partners in 1816, forming the company in 1819. Rastrick was one of the judges at the Rainhill Trials.
The company built only four locomotives, but is notable for building the "
Stourbridge Lion" in 1829, the first locomotive to be tried in America. This and two others, "Delaware" and "Hudson" were sold to the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.
One other, "Agenoria" was built for the Shutt End Railway. Agenoria was probably the first to use mechanical lubrication for its axles. Unlike the first three, it had a long life and, at the end, was presented to the
Science Museum (London)in 1884. It is now at the National Railway Museumin York. The company was officially dissolved on June 20 1831, the assets being absorbed into the Stourbridge Iron Works of John Bradley & Co., where James Foster was the major partner and eventual sole owner.
The original factory building in Lowndes Road where the Agenoria and Stourbridge Lion were built is still standing although near to collapse from a fire in 2004.
* " [http://www.steamindex.com/people/engrs.htm Brief biographies of major mechanical engineers] ". Retrieved
February 9 2005— company overview.
* Senate House Library, University of London, " [http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cgi-bin/search2?coll_id=1695&inst_id=14 John Bradley & Co (Stourbridge) Ltd., Ironfounders] ". Retrieved
April 22 2005— verifies Foster family connections and company dates.
* Lowe, J.W., (1989) "British Steam Locomotive Builders," Guild Publishing
* [http://www.miac.org.uk/fosterrastrick.htm Brief history by the Malvern Industrial Archaeology Circle]
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