Colonel Joseph Ruston not only built a very successful company, his company helped build the city of Lincoln in the UK (sound familiar?). The company produced an early line of automobiles in addition to the train steam engines, and much more. Only two of the cars remain.
I received this wonderful email from Steve Wildman, who is with Siemens (who eventually acquired Ruston's company). Thanks for the contact, Mr. Wildman and the wonderful story. As Walt Disney says, its such a small world after all...
Colonel Ruston was something of a hero in Lincoln, his company made many many things, the whole city is based on his industrial success. Along the way he made 1300 cars (see the picture of the production line attached) but his biggest export was industrial engines along with a whole host of other things. You can get a lot of info from my friends Ray Hooleys site www.oldengine.org members/Ruston. The 6MB pic attached is the team working on the restoration of our second car a 1923 model retrieved from Australia in the sixties.
During World War 1 the factory made a lot of aircraft engines and complete planes. Various pictures attached. when the war finished the company had 12,000 employees but little work since the government cancelled the plane contract. They made furniture for the first month then turned their hand to making cars 1919- 1923. We never made any money out of cars but they kept the workforce employed and we soon returned to making diesel engines. Picture of Ruston plane also attached.I think his son (also Joseph Ruston was the Colonel though.)
Brief overview pinched from Ray Hooleys site: