They formed a new company, English Electrical Manufacturing based in a new West Works on Strand Road, Preston in 1900, to build the electric motors for their trams.
By 1914, the company employed around 2,000 people. They produced electrical equipment for tramways and railways and built over 8,000 tramcars, for service in the UK and abroad, including to the Hong Kong Tramways and Buenos Aires tramways operated by the Anglo-Argentine Tramways Company.
Tram 49 is operated by the Black Country Living Museum. This double decker tram was originally built in 1909 for Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways. It is a typical Edwardian tramcar with an ornate lower saloon and open upper deck with traverse seating. Originally equipped with the Lorain system taking its power supply from studs in the road, it was later converted to run from overhead wires. Preserved in 1976, the tram was painstakingly restored by the Black Country Museum Transport Group over many years and completed in 2004.
Archives and records
- United Electric Car Company photographs at Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School.
- Made in Lancashire: a history of regional industrialisation, Geoffrey Timmins. 1998. P.198
- The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
- Exhibieron la dupla histórica Preston para festejar el Bicentenario (Spanish) - EnElSubte, 26 May 2010.
- "Tram 49 - Black Country Living Museum Collection". www.bclm.co.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2018.