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Here are the most recent additions to the collection.  If you are a return visitor, this will be where the items rediscovered or newly identified can be found.  In a month or so, these will be moved into the main record by region and date.  There are more items gathered and provided by interested people to be scanned and included, so check back often.  Links are provided (TOP Menu) for a quick connection to the relevant time period.  

1:  Since Brush Machines moved off site (2019) in Loughborough with all manufacture now in the Czech Republic, there has been significant demolition of the original buildings. This photo taken from up one of the original factory chimneys in 1889 shows the Main Office block and main drive looking towards the Nottingham Road gatehouse.  A short article describing the original construction can be found on page EU Documents 1891 - 1900,

Image only - Main Office 1889 aerial view.jpg

2:  From the "Turbines from Finspang" history book published in 2013, a very interesting image is presented.  In 1913 Brush were licensed by Svenska Turbinfabriks AB Ljungstrom (STAL) company to build the Ljungstorm designed steam turbines in Loughborough for central power  station production. Here is a photo of the original Ljungstrom order book which shows the first three orders for turbines were all for Brush projects - two for Willesden Power Station in London.  These equipments lead the way for Brush to supply many cities across the UK with their first electric power systems.  Soon, every major town had its own power station this before the electric grid was connected across the UK.  Loughborough got its own power stationin 1914 and one of the Brush built original Ljungstrom turbines is preserved at Leicester Museum of Technology at Abbey Road Pumping Station.

STAL joined with ASEA, then Asea Brown Boveri and eventually became part of the worldwide Siemens Electric Power group.

Finspang - Ljungstrom first Order book_0
Brush-Ljungstom ST at Abbey Pump Museum
Loughborough Power Station - 1947

3:  There's a lot of wind energy out there - if only we can capture it !  One of the first electrical generating windmills was running in 1880, designed and built by Charles Brush, set up in the back yard of his Cleveland home.  This video shows the same illustrations you can find on the front cover from the 1890 Scientific American magazine.   You can also check out the Brush Windmill page here.

Brush windmill 1880