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Allchin sn 1499 Evedon Lad- IMG 0345

Allchin traction engine Evedon Lad s/n 1499 of 1910 at the Holcot Steam Rally 2008

William Allchin was a manufacturer of steam engines, founded in 1847 based in Northampton, England.

HistoryEdit

William Allchin founded an engineering business at the 'Globe Works' by the River Nene in Northampton in 1847. By 1890 when the founder died, the firm had was well known for the manufacturer of steam engines and saw benches. The firm built its first steam engine in 1872.

The firm became William Allchin (& sons) Ltd in 1900 when the firm became a limited company and they then specialised in steam wagons and traction engine manufacture. They stopped building steam engines by 1925. Having only built about 220 over the past 50 years !

By 1930 the firm had closed down, but they were not part of the ill fated AGE combine that brought many firms down, just a victim of the depression of the 1920s, and its effect on the farming and related industries that were their customers.

The sonEdit

Frank Allchin set up on his own account at St James' Foundry, Weston Street, Northampton, as Allchin, Linnell & Co in the 1880s. This firm produced a wider range: there were some steam engines, but as important were engineering fittings, machine tools, and steam roundabouts and other fairground rides.

Model RangeEdit

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UK Preserved MachinesEdit

There are believed to be 20 preserved examples world wide with 17 recorded on The Traction Engine Register in the UK. A few are believed to exist in Australia.

Preserved machines built by Allchin (TER lists 21 machines)
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Engine No. Name Build Date Type weight power Reg No. Owner Image Other info
Allchin no. 570 Name ?  ? TE  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ?, Image needed LHB


Just Boiler, wheels and Firebox repatriated from Australia.[1]
Allchin no. 669 Bess 1890 TE 7 ton 7 nhp AP 9081 Steve Hubbock Allchin - 0669 - Bess Earliest preserved (complete) Allchin Machine (uk)[2]
Allchin no. 1080 Blossom 1899 TE  ? 7 nhp BD 5594 Owner ?, Image needed LHB


Ex Viv Kirk collection
Allchin no. 1105 Ellen 1899 TE 9 ton 7 nhp FP 1024 L&I McConachie, East Sussex Allchin no. 1105 - TE - Ellen - FP 1024 at Tinkers Park 2010 -IMG 6607 At Tinkers Park Rally 2010
Allchin no. 1131 - 1899 RR 10 ton  ? nhp NH 3416 Northampton Council c/o Northampton & Lamport Railway Preservation Society Allchin no 1131 - RR - NH 3416 at Lamport Railway 2012 - IMG 5715 Now restored after lying in bits for 12 years.[3] Part funded by a Lottery Grant[4]
Allchin no. 1173 Aquarius 1901 TE 9 tons 6 nhp KE 1984 Dave Maidment, Allchin no. 1173 TE Aquarius - KE 1984 at GDSF 08 - IMG 0879 At GDSF 2008
Allchin no. 1187 - 1901 RR 10 ton 6 nhp NH 3417 Owner ?, Bedford Image needed LHB


Ex Northampton Council
Allchin no. 1261 William 1903 TE size 7 hp AY 9878 Arthur Henton, ? Image needed LHB


Misc info
Allchin no. 1268 - 1903 TE 8 tons 8 nhp NK 864 George Moore Allchin - 1268 Misc info
Allchin no. 1311 LENA 1905 TE (agricultural) size 8 nhp HR 5059 F. Jenkinson (RoI) Allchin - 1311 - Lena Featured in STE.
Has been at GDSF in the past
Allchin no. 1342 Lady Olivia (Our Liv) 1907 TE  ? 7 nhp Reg no.? Mark Ellis, Thirsk, North Yorks Allchin no. 1342 - TE - Our Liu at Duncombe Park 2017 - IMG 2212 Seen at Duncombe Park Steam Rally 2017 (Repatriated from Australia).
Allchin no. 1373 - 1907 TE  ? 7 nhp - Owner ?, Petersfield Hants Image needed LHB


Repatriated from Australia in 1970's[5]
Allchin no. 1406 AMY 1907 TE 10 ton 7 nhp KE 1985 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Misc info
Allchin no. 1415 The Havenstreet Queen 1907 TE  ? ton 7 nhp AP 9077 Owner ?, Hull Allchin - 1415 - The Havenstreet Queen Misc info
Allchin no. 1458 Jane 1910 TE 9 ton 6 nhp DD 2006 David Davenport Allchin - 1458 At Weeting in ?
Allchin no. 1499 Evedon Lad 1910 TE  ? ton 7 hp AY 9494 R. Poole, ? Allchin sn 1499 Evedon Lad- IMG 0345 at Rushden & Holcot 2008 Stoke Goldington 2009
Allchin no. 1527 Felicity 1911 TE  ? 7 nhp CF 3650 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Misc info
Allchin no. 1544 - 1912 Portable size 6 nhp - Colin Knight Image needed LHB


Misc info
Allchin no. 1546 Rebel 1912 TE  ? 7 nhp AP 9079 Owner Allan Eaton MBE collection, Northampton. Allchin no. 1549 Ag TE Rebel reg AP 9076 at Kettering 08 - IMG 1815 at Kettering Steam Rally 2008
Allchin no. 1652 Little Mo 1914 TE 10 ton 6 EB 4938 owner Robert Herring, Bicester Allchin no. 1652 Little Mo reg EB 4938 at Bloxham 09 - IMG 5883 At GDSF 2008 & Bloxham 2009
Allchin no. 2146 Billy Allchin 1922 (1st reg) TE 9 ton 7 nhp FP 1259 Mary Sproxton, Northampton FP1259 Story Barrowden Photo Taken May 2013 at Barrowden
Allchin no. 3251 Royal Chester 1925 TE  ? 7 nhp NU 7483 Owner ? Allchin - 3251 - Royal Chester Ex Peter Fordham collection - sold sept 2011 by Cheffins
Allchin no. 3858 Knapp 1931 Road loco 10 ton converted from a roller NV 100 Peter Craddock Allchin - 3858 - Knapp was youngest Allchin Engine in preservation in UK.[6], Exported to France 2012
Allchin no. ? Image needed LHB


Allchin no. ? Name date built type weight power Reg no. Owner ? Image needed LHB


Misc info
Machine types Key: References / sources
PE = Portable Engine, Plg = Ploughing Engine, RR = Road Roller, SM = Showman's engine,
ST = Steam tractor, SW = Steam wagon, TE = Traction Engine, RL = Road Locomotive
  1. TER 2016 edition
  2. TER 2008, P6
  3. Old Glory Magazine, No. 235, page 6
  4. Old Glory Magazine, no 273, pages 38-42
  5. TER 2016 edition
  6. TER 2008
  • Please add any known machines details to the above list.

References / sourcesEdit

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