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Company History

McEwen Boiler Makers

Established 1968

Over 40 years of operating from our Farling Top Works, we have undertaken a huge range of both industrial and heritage projects. From the design, build and installation of modern industrial boilers to the complete restoration of numerous Traction Engine, Steam Roller, Steam Tractor, Steam Boat and Vintage Shell Boilers. The images below represent a snapshot of our history through the five decades we've been in operation.

  • The 60s & 70s
  • The 80s
  • The 90s
1968 1968


  • McEwen Boilermakers first commercial vehicle, KPM 500, a 1954 Austin Devon estate car . Loaded many a time with the excessive weight of oxygen cylinders, steel boiler tubes and huge ex-army ammo boxes chock full of hammers and chisels, this ‘Owd Lass’ drove all over the North of England whilst attending to boiler repairs in mills and factories.
1972 1972


  • Welded steel 3000 gallon capacity oil storage tank.
1972 1972


  • The firm’s first Bedford J Type truck. This bonny little truck was a real workhorse and over the years it must have travelled over a 100,000 miles and transported countless tons to sites all over Lancashire and Yorkshire.
1977 1977


  • McEwen Boilermakers built and riveted on the smokebox and carried out other heavy boiler repairs to BR Standard 4 loco boiler.
  • Client: Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
1978 1978


  • Locomotive boiler repairs carried out on L.& S.W. Railway Class T9 locomotive, National Railway Museum, York.
1979 1979


  • McEwen Boilermakers designed and built the steel boiler for this Union Pacific narrow gauge loco boiler for Southern’s Railway, Dobwalls, Cornwall.
1980 1980


  • McEwen Boilermakers designed and built the steel boiler for this Union Pacific narrow gauge loco boiler for Southern’s Railway, Dobwalls, Cornwall.
1981 1981


  • A black and white photograph of the Bedford C.F. 230 truck, loaded with a Hunslet narrow gauge steam locomotive boiler rebuilt by McEwen Boilermakers. A fast, reliable vehicle.
1981 1981


  • The prototype of McEwen Boilermakers X Series multi tubular vertical steam boil
1984 1984


  • Wood-fired locomotive steam launch boiler designed and built by McEwen Boilermakers. Client: Windermere Steam Boat Museum.
1984 1984


  • Two McEwen X Series vertical steam boilers leaving Farling Top Boilerworks.
  • Client: Edinburgh University.
1985 1985


  • The picture was taken an hour or so following the delivery from the local panel beating and paint shop of this delightful Bedford J Type truck, reg. no. EUB 74Y into the Works yard.
1985 1985


  • Two locomotive steam launch boilers designed and built by McEwen Boilermakers.
1986 1986


  • Mac-Pac hot water boiler designed by McEwen Boilermakers to burn wood, straw, sawdust, waste paper etc.
1988 1988


  • Alan McEwen and Michael White proudly stand in front of the ‘Lion’ locomotive following firebox repairs.
  • Client: M.S.I.M.
1990 1990


  • The firm’s first Bedford Model T.K. seen here delivering boilers to Beamish Museum, Co. Durham.
1994 1994


  • Bedford Model T.K. 7.5 ton lorry delivering a steam roller boiler to Mr. Rufus Carr’s Garage at Rimington near Clitheroe.
1995 1995


  • The same Bedford T.K. loaded with firewood used for steam testing a recently repaired railway locomotive boiler.