In 1850 the Great Northern Railway opened Peterborough North Station to service the line it was building between London and York. It was built on the site of the present mainline station.
From the 1850s to the 1960s Peterborough was a nationally important railway centre with a locomotive depot and engineering works, plus 80 miles of sidings, creating many new jobs and bringing huge growth and prosperity to the city. By 1901 the railway industry employed 25% of the city's adult male population.
Perkins engineering was founded in a small office in Peterborough, UK, in 1932. It was founded by two men, Frank Perkins and Charles Chapman; Frank a superlative salesman and Charles an engineering genius. Their focus was on the diesel engine and their belief that it could revolutionise the motor industry with high performance and low running costs. Peterborough was the perfect place to start the business as it had excellent transport links and so could ensure rapid delivery of products.
Its first high-speed diesel engine was the 4 cylinder Vixen followed by the more powerful version, the Wolf. With its success in the motor industry it expanded into the agricultural industry.
During the Second World War Perkins was instrumental n its production of diesel engines for the war effort.
In 1947, production was moved to the Eastfield site in Peterborough.
The firm was founded in London in 1867 by Peter Brotherhood, an engineer. In the early days it mainly produced equipment for the brewery industry but in 1872, Peter Brotherhood invented a three cylinder, radial engine. This led to them making turbines, pumps and steering gear for ships, and even torpedoes and so massively diversifying the business.
They were originally based in London but in 1907 the company was brought to Peterborough by Peter’s brother Stanley and occupied a 20 acre site on Lincoln Road, which now houses the Brotherhood Retail Park.
The company played a large part in the war efforts in the twentieth century.
In 1850 the Great Northern Railway opened Peterborough North Station to ser…
Perkins engineering was founded in a small office in Peterborough, UK, in 1…
The firm was founded in London in 1867 by Peter Brotherhood, an engineer. I…