Coach - Tram & Rail products

There are hundreds of items in the public space referencing the many different rail products made by Brush.  Starting with the Hughes horse pulled vehicles, Brush expanded to passenger buses, trams, subway engines and cars, steam and diesel then diesel electric and modern all electric locomotives. Here is just a snapshot.  Search the web for other great Brush rail products if this is your interest.


1893 - Guernsey Tram #6 delivered
1989-Brush secures Channel Tunnel Loco contract

Mention of three notable locomotive projects:

In 1891 the first street electric tramway with overhead electric supply in the British Isles was running on the island of Guernsey.  Falcon Coach Works, part of the original Brush Loughborough business, initially supplied five trams. The line ran about three miles from Saint Peter Port, the principal town, along the coast to the port of Saint Sampson's

The 1000th locomotive built by Brush (60098) was a Type 60 diesel electric locomotive named Charles Francis Brush.


The Channel Tunnel which links England to France carries 1000's of tonnes of freight daily.  These trains are pulled by the Brush freight locomotives, an all-electric design.The Brush Traction company is now owned by WABTEC Corporation (since 2011), which itself has a distinguished history dating back to the Westinghouse Air Brake product patented in 1868.

The Brush Traction locomotive works (part of the Brush Loughborough site) is still occupied by the traction business and remains in use for the rebuild, overhaul and repair of locomotives as part of Wabtec.  George Westinghouse an 1800's contemporary of the Brush founder Charles Francis Brush was another early pioneer of the engineering industry. 

Generations of past and recent Brush employees use their craftsmanship and enthusiasm to support the heritage Great Central Railway which operates daily commuter services between Leicester and Nottingham.  Restored steam locomotives pull excursion trains throughout the year.  

1885 Hughes - horse drawn carraige
1890 Early horse drawn double decker omnibus
1904 - motor driven bus
Wooden Falcon on roof of Loughborough plant
1989 - Brush Falcon "budgie" being refurbished at Crich Tram museum
Restored FALCON at Crich Tram Museum
1989 - B-Rail Class 89 Loco named Avocet by Prime Minister Thatcher

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