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Whitanco

See also Garnett, Whiteley and Co

A few notes from Doug Harris, in New Zealand :

'Whitanco' is an abbreviation of the company name Whiteley Tansey & Company Ltd, an English company first registered in 1912 and operating from Beech Street, Liverpool, which means that they must have been operating in proximity to the Hornby/Meccano factory. One of the directors, a Mr Whiteley, is believed to have worked for Meccano Ltd as a toolmaker. Whitanco went into receivership in 1921, and ceased trading in 1924.

4-4-0 tender loco, in green GNR livery.


GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

A second GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

A second GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

A second GNR 4-4-0 tender loco

0-4-0 loco, and a boxed set


0-4-0 loco numbered 696

Boxed Set

4 wheeled open wagons


GNR open wagon

GNR open wagon

GNR open wagon

GNR open wagon

A second GNR open wagon

Whitanco Richmond Station


Whitanco Richmond Station

Whitanco Richmond Station

Whitanco Richmond Station

Whitanco Richmond Station

My thanks to Doug Harris, Hans van Dissel and other members of the TCS Yahoo Group for information and photos, both of which are very much appreciated.

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Very many thanks to Carl Whiteley for the most recent photos, below. Carl is a direct descendant of 'Whitanco', and describes himself thus :

Hi, my name is Carl Whiteley, my Grandfather was the joint owner of Whiteley Tansley & co Beech Street Liverpool from 1912 to 1924. They manufactured tin plate trains and toys, employing over 300 people in 1919. My Grandfather died in 1923 which could not have helped with the demise of the Company. Due to the fact that my Grandmother died a few months later in 1924, my father was then at 5 years old taken to be bought up in Wakefield Yorkshire by his Grandfather. The only thing remaining was the 1921 Catalogue which I received after my elder sister died in 1997. I have been researching the company and collecting the toys since then and have a good collection. Of course I still keep a look out for the toys and I have researched the family. So if I can help anyone with 'Whitanco' just let me know.


Four wheeled clockwork loco, number 696

Four wheeled passenger coach in LNWR livery.

4-4-0 carpet loco and tender in Great Northern livery.

4-4-0 carpet loco and tender in Great Northern livery.

Whitanco tunnel

Whitanco footbridge

Clockwork 333 set in Midland Railway livery.

Four wheeled open wagon, LNWR livery.

US Patent 1559392-0 granted to Ernest Whiteley, for track design.

Whitanco advertisement from Boys Own Paper December1921.

Whitanco catalogue extract, showing 696 loco.

Whitanco catalogue extract, showing Assembly and Packing Departments.

Artist Impression of Factory.

Photo of factory today, on the corner of Beech Street and Edge Lane.jpg

Just out of interest, the relative locations of the Whitanco and Meccano factories in Liverpool.

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