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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.
Metro-Cammell Super Sprinter 156403 2-car DMU photographed entering Hykeham station (really just a "halt") on its way from Nottingham to...
156462 just arrived at Fort William Taken 23/5/2013 at Fort William, Scotland. 156462 has just arrived with the Glasgow service to Fo...
67011 and 156493 Taken 23/5/2013 at Fort William, Scotland. 67011 is sharing the frame with 156493.
156493 arrived at Glenfinnan Taken 24/5/2013 at Glenfinnan station, Scotland. 156493 is tail-end Charlie on the Mallaig to For...
East Midlands 156404 East Midlands 156404 leaves Gainsborough Lea Road with the more direct service to Doncaster (22/06/1...
East Midlands 156 498 East Midlands Trains 156 498 departs Newark Castle with a service for Nottingham (22/06/13).
156502 A edited picture of 156502 working 1Y92 Glasgow Central to Edinburgh arrives at West Calder 17:48. N...
156407 to Norwich Wonder if the signals are still in situ? Photo courtesy of Mike Digby
156410 2009 probably near Brandon Photo courtesy of Mike Digby
Greater Anglia 156 409 Greater Anglia 156 409 approaches Reedham with a Lowestoft to Norwich service (19/12/13).
Northern Rail 156459 ..at Blackpool North (1/1/14).
Class 101 at Sharpthorne Class 101 51505 passes the site of West Hoathly station as it returns to Horsted Keynes on 18th Janu...

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