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Barclays

In the first half of the 19th century Ayrshire's loom makers were hit hard by Thomas Morton's invention of the barrel loom and the monopoly on the industry that he gained from it. One such manufacturer was Andrew Barclay. As a route away from loom-making, Barclay turned to the production of steam engines and in 1840 his engine works opened in Kilmarnock - just as the great railway boom was taking hold in the country. His ability to manufacture locomotives to suit varying conditions and functions enabled the company to expand rapidly from the local area and were soon exporting their engines across the world and the company's products can still be found today working away as good as new everywhere from across Asia to South America. Even today Kilmarnock is referred to as the 'Railway Town'.

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