Ruston & Hornsby

Ruston & Hornsby was established on the September 11th, 1918, when the to companies “Ruston, Proctor and Company” merged with “Richard Hornsby & Sons”.

Aero engines

3.000 aero engines were manufactured at the factory during WWI


During the first world war, Ruston & Hornsby was Britain’s largest manufacturer of Sopwith Camel biplanes for the Royal Air Force. 1.600 of the 2.750 aeroplanes built were “Camels”

American Sopwith Camels in France during World War I


Between 1919 and 1925, H&R built their own car.

Two versions of the Ruston-Hornsby Car were produced, in 1.500 examples.

The smaller version had a 15,9 horsepower engine, and the larger one a 20 horsepower 3,3 litre engine.
However the cars were very expensive compared to the competition, between 440GBP and 1.000GBP.

Ship Engines

Ruston & Hornsby built some engines for seafaring vessels.

One of them is beached on Iceland’s coast, where it has become a must see for tourists. The BA 64 Gardar, was built in 1912 and it’s original steam engine was replaced with a diesel engine from R&H in 1945.

Í Skápadal

Stationary Engines

R&H built a long row of stationary steam and diesel engines. Many of these were used on farms, and factories.

Steam Shovels

Ruston & Hornsby produced a long row of steam powered cranes and shovels, that were seen in mines and construction sites.
These steam powered giants carved out many a road, and railway line.

Beamish at 40 - Ruston Steam Navvy on it's way to Beamish


Ruston Hornsby steamroller


Ruston & Hornsby locomotive

The small, narrow gauge LB diesel locomotives were popular in the mining industry, where models without a cabin pulled heavy carts full of ore from the mine shafts.


During both world wars, the company manufactured material for the British armed forces.

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