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Coligny-Welch Distants

Unread postby ge.signals » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:36 pm

Does anyone know where the name Coligny came from as the original Patent was in the sole name of Welch?
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Re: Coligny-Welch Distants

Unread postby GeoffSmith » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:06 am

The February 1952 RM suggests that Coligny provided the finance.
There was, in the late 1890s, a manufacturer of lamps used in railway carriages called Coligny.
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Re: Coligny-Welch Distants

Unread postby ge.signals » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:02 pm

That's interesting as Welch describes himself as an "Engineer" although he seems to have been something of an inventor with an interest in railway matters. He lived in East London near the GER Colchester Main Line and I will investigate whether there are records of him as a GER employee.
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Re: Coligny-Welch Distants

Unread postby ge.signals » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:46 pm

There does not appear to be anything connecting Welch with the GER as an employee. Interestingly, Welch lived near The Gas Light and Coke Co. of Fulham, Stratford, Bow, etc. but there is no mention of a Welch in the index of the history of the company. It seems he was something of an inventor who licensed other companies such as The Lamp Manufacturing and Railway Supplies Company to manufacture lamps etc. to his patents.
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