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Société pour l' Exploitation des Etablissements John Cockerill
Seraing, Belgium

In the 1830s John Cockerill created one of the first steam locomotive works on the European mainland, including building a 1A1 loco for the first Belgian Railway. In a short time Cockerills became one of the most important steam loco manufacturers, and by 1844 had delivered their 100th locomotive. However, this lead declined, particularly after the First World War, and with the after effects of the world economic crisis in the 1930s, the business nearly succumbed altogether. They supplied their last steam locomotive in 1949, about 3,272 being built altogether. They started building diesels instead, which they still build today. Cockerills (from 1966 Cockerill Mechanical Industries) may therefore be one of the oldest companies still producing locomotives in Europe.

Examples at Quainton

None at Present

Examples Previously at Quainton

cockerills1m.jpg (51,539 bytes) Société John Cockerill 0-4-0VBT Locomotive No. 2945 Yvonne
cockerills2m.jpg (64,119 bytes) Société John Cockerill 0-4-0WT Locomotive No. 3083

Text © Quainton Railway Society / Photographs © Quainton Railway Society or referenced photographer
Page first published in QRS publication "A Century on Rails" 1985.
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