Cowans Sheldon Works

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Name and dates

Cowans Sheldon Works (1866-2003)


This was a world famous manufacturer of cranes, both conventional and rail mounted and other railway equipment such as turntables. Products were exported worldwide.

Manufactured the 'tower' section of the 1932 Stobcross Crane.

The works, rail served, was on the north side of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, by the approach to Carlisle Citadel.


Works crane works

Chronology Dates

  /09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Four road shed opened at Ardrossan North, (Ardrossan Shed [CR]), with 42ft Cowans Sheldon Works turntable. Built by Robert McAlpine. Sub-shed of Polmadie Shed.