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Metro-Cammell

The company was formed in 1863 as the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd (successors to Messrs. Joseph Wright and Sons) of London. Joseph Wright built coaches for the London and Southampton Railway in 1837 and the London and Birmingham Railway in 1838. In 1845 he moved the carriage works from London to Saltley, Birmingham. In 1902, the company merged with four other carriage and wagon builders to become Metropolitan Amalgamated Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd. By 1926, they had changed their name again to Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company Ltd. In 1929, the railway rolling stock business of Cammell Laird and Company was merged as Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage and Wagon Company Ltd, the resulting company being part owned by Vickers and the Cammell Laird group. Saltley works was closed in 1962 and group administration concentrated at Washwood Heath in 1967.
In May 1989, the railway business was sold to GEC Alsthom (now Alstom) Group. The last trains to be built at the Washwood Heath plant before its closure in 2005 were the Class 390 "Pendolino" tilting trains for the West Coast Main Line modernisation.
Rolling stock:
Southern Railway "Brighton Belle" EMU
Southern Railway "Crystal Palace" EMU
Southern Railway "Coulsdon North & Sutton stock" EMU
LNER Tyneside electric units
LNER Shenfield line electric units (driving motors and intermediate trailers only)
LNER Glossop line electric units (driving motors and intermediate trailers only)
The Blue Pullman
British Rail Class 101 "Heritage" diesel multiple unit
British Rail Class 151 diesel multiple unit
British Rail Class 156 "Super Sprinter" diesel multiple unit
British Rail Class 175 "Coradia" diesel multiple unit
British Rail Class 180 "Coradia" diesel multiple unit
British Rail Class 334 "Juniper" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 373 "TGV" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 390 "Pendolino" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 458 "Juniper" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 460 "Juniper" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 465/2 "Networker" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 466 "Networker" electric multiple unit
British Rail Class 503 electric multiple unit
British Rail Mark 4 coaching stock
Arlanda Express(X3 (train)) electric multiple unit
The vast majority of the current and past London Underground rolling stock in mid 20th century was made by the company. It also designed and built the Blue Pullman for British Railways.
Bitternline 156417 With Norwich Cathedral just visible 156417 is arriving at the station. Can also be seen on an...
Super Sprinter 156419 Class 156's made by Metro Cammell, now owned by Alstom, at their Birmingham factory. Known as Super ...
L836 DMU Class 101 set L836 at the Mid Norfolk Railway The set comprises 51434 DMBS, 59117 TSL and 515...
101681 The caption with this is "5228 to Heysham Sea Terminal" and that had me mystified for a while. But ...
156422 on the way to Sheringham Test Train on the Bittern Line 12th March 2009 The date of this is confusing me, not difficult I kn...
156422 Test Train on the Bittern Line 12th March 2009 A second shot of 156422 see Photo courtesy of...
56062 56062 which I believe to be a class 101 and would have been built by Metro Cammell in 1957. Photo...
82102 I have just about got used to these Driving Van Trailers being numbered in the 82xxx range and no lo...
82103 Driving van trailer 82103 Photo © and courtesy of Susan Beard
82105 Driving van trailer 82105 location unknown Photo © and courtesy of Susan Beard
Driving van trailer 82152 These things bug me I keep expecting them to be class 82's but, of course, they have no engine. They...
82136 Driving van trailer 82136 location open to suggestions. Photo © and courtesy of Susan Beard

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