There is more information on the Dorman Company, and its engines, in the following books;
“Bagnalls of Stafford” by Alan Baker and T.T.A.Civil, ISBN 0-9544546-2-6
“A Guide to Simplex NG Locomotives by D.Hall and John Rowlands, ISBN 0-9540878-0-2-8
The monthly magazine “English Electric and its People” was published from 1962 1968 inclusive. Most issues included articles about Dorman engines and their users. There was also a monthly update on Staff news. Bound volumes are available at William Salt Library, appropriate as the WSL in Eastgate Street, Stafford, wasd a former residence of William Dorman.
The web-site “Staffordshire Past-track” has several Dorman-related photos, including images of the 1949-built foundry.
The web-site for the “Anson Engine Museum” has links to the histories of other engine manufacturers, including Vulcan, Bamford, Meadows and Ruston & Hornsby. Other GEC Diesel Companies have information on web-sites for Kelvin and Paxman.
In 2010, it was still possible to see the 1913-built Dorman factory in Foregate Street, Stafford, then owned by the Paul Reynolds Organisation. Also surviving were two of W.H.Dorman’s family homes. In addition to the WSL, mentioned above, the “Green Hall” in Lichfield Road, Stafford later became the offices of Staffordshire County Council Architects Department.
County Officers Club, opposite the William Salt Library, was the family home of John E. Dorman and the Dental practice of Mrs. Dorman.
The Meeting House of the Plymouth Brethren, where William Dorman carried on the work of his father, was still situated at the end of St.Mary’s Passage.
At Lincoln, the Dorman buildings, CSD, Beevor Foundry, etc. were demolished and replaced by a DIY store.
At present there is no listing of Dorman engines which can be seen working in Preservation. However there are many engines surviving at the various preserved railways in the UK. The list shows several of the Standard Gauge Locos.
There are numerous Narrow Gauge locos surviving, with important collections at Apedale and Leighton Buzzard. Following an interest in World War 1 narrow gauge railways, Dorman petrol-engined locos have appeared on lines in both UK and France.
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life has several Dorman engines powering Ruston Excavators and an early WW1 tractor.
From the start of 2011, Spares for Dorman engines are available from Dorman Diesels Ltd., a subsidiary of Lincoln Diesels, Great Northern Terrace, Lincoln.
SURVIVING DORMAN-ENGINED LOCOMOTIVES (Standard Gauge) in 2010
YEAR BUILDER ENGINE WKS.No. NAME LOCATION
1929 Kerr Stuart ?? ?? Rom River Foxfield Railway
1930 Howard ?? 965 Hotto Ribble Rly Centre
1936 Howard 4JUD 957 Britannia Bluebell Railway
1955 Hibberd 3DL 3765 Tarmac Quainton Road
1962 Hibberd 6LC 3953 Alpha Oswestry
1962 EECo Traction 6QA 8368 Horsa County School
1963 EECo Traction 6KUDT 8431 Buttercup Battlefield Line
1966 EECo Traction 6Q D1220 Midsomer Norton
1967 EECo Traction 8QT D1228 RFS 10 Barrow Hill
1968 EECo Traction 8QT D1226 Llanwern Pontypool & Blaenavon
1968 EECo Traction 8QT D1249 106 Pontypool & Blaenavon
a) Horsa was one of a pair, the other being Hengist. A late Bagnall design, it later became famous in a James Bond
film shot at the Nene Valley Railway.
b) Buttercup was an early nick-name.
c) One omission is the Simplex which appeared at the Tixall Road Centenary event. Later restored as L & Y No.1 at Chasewater.
Following its theft, present status is unknown.
d) Rom River rebuilt at WGB in 1959 with 6 cylinder Dorman. Also at Foxfield is Simplex loco “Helen”.
UK GEN-SET BUILDERS using DORMAN ENGINES - 1972
CUSTOMER LOCATION ENGINE TYPES
Atlanta Motors Ltd Staines YWA,DA
Auto Diesels Ltd Uxbridge L,Q
Baylis Tuck Crawley DA,L,Q
By-Fab Ltd Kettering YWA,DA,L,Q
Dale Electric Filey DA,L,Q
Dawson Keith Sutton, Surrey DA,L,Q
Elequip Ltd Wigston, Leics. YWA,DA,L,Q
Engine Applications Ltd Banbury L,Q
Fyfe Wilson & Co Bishops Stortford L
Houchin Ltd Ashford DA
Morrison/MIE Power Ltd Loughborough DA,L,Q
Dupar/Pelapone Ltd Derby DA,L,Q
B Perry Ltd Aldridge YWA,DA,L,Q
Petbow Ltd Sandwich, Kent L,Q
Petters Ltd Hamble L,Q
Power Unit (Hindle) Ltd Bradford YWA
Puttick Ltd Ash, Kent L,Q
Stone-Platt (Crawley) Ltd Crawley L,Q
Transunits Ltd Ash Vale, Surrey YWA,DA,L,Q
Typower Ltd Lancing DA,L,Q
Thos W Ward Sheffield DA,L,Q
Workman Reed & Co Ltd Weston-super-Mare L,Q