Alstom, Lichfield Road, Stafford

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Date:1989 - 1999 (c.)

Description:Pictured in the Queensville area of the Lichfield Road site in Stafford is one of a pair of Faun Goliath tractors. These huge tractors were used along with girder beam trailers to move large and heavy loads including turbine generators and power transformers from the site to their destination in the United Kingdom or overseas.

At the time this photograph was taken the company had become known as Alstom and the Goliaths were still painted in GEC ALSTHOM livery which was grey, orange and white, this would later change to red, blue and white. Over the years the Company has been renowned for its electrical products including generators, transformers and switchgear.

Siemens Brothers purchased land by the Lichfield Road in 1901 and built a factory and offices which were ready to start production in 1903. In 1918 Siemens merged with several companies, including Dick, Kerr and Co., to become The English Electric Co. Two years later in 1920, The English Electric Co bought the Stafford Works. The English Electric Co. merged with GEC (The General Electric Company) during 1968 and the Lichfield Road Site became part of GEC Power Engineering Ltd. On 22 March 1989 became part of GEC ALSTHOM, an Anglo French Joint Venture. On 22 June 1998 this in turn became part of ALSTOM with global HQ in Paris and on 2 November 2015 the Stafford Grid and Power Businesses became part of GE (General Electric, an American Company).

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Creators: Mr Ian Hazlehurst - Contributor

Donor ref:IH-038 (192/38745)

Source: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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