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Mainly engineers, mainly trained in Britain (including Ireland), who spent their working lives in India or Africa or South America or one of the many other locations, typically in the former British Colonies and Empire. Most of information has come from obituaries in Journal of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers..
Agarwal, Rai Bahadur P. R.
Born in 1908; died 28 April 1950. Graduated from Benares Hindu University in 1930, where he stood First and was awarded the "Prince of Wales Gold Medal." After his apprenticeship on the G.I.P. and Jodhpur Railways, he joined the B.B. & C.I. Railway in 1935. He worked as District Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent at Ahmedabad and Bombay in 1939. In 1941 .he was selected for the post of Assistant Chief Controller of Standardization, Central Standards Office for Railways, and in 1944 became Deputy Director, Mechanical Engineering, Railway Board. For his war services he was awarded the "Rai Bahadur." In 1946 Agarwal went on deputation to the United Kingdom to attend the Empire and International Standards Conferences as a delegate of the Government of India. On return he worked as Locomotive Works Superintendent, Dohad, and then as Carriage Works Manager, Ajmer. From 1 January, 1948, his services were placed at the disposal of the Jodhpur Durbar for three years as Chief Mechanical Engineer, Jodhpur Railway. He was the first Indian to hold this appointment. Author of many technical Papers, published in Indian and Foreign Technical and Scientific Press, and was awarded the Railway Board Gold Medal and First Prize twice for Papers on Diesel Traction on Indian Railways and Locomotive Manufacture in India.
He was Member of the Faculty of Engineers, University of Rajputana, Jaipur; Board of. Studies in Engineering, Andhra University; Internal Combustion Engines Research Committee of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India, and Prime Movers Panel, Government of India, Ministry of Industries and Supplies for setting up the Prime Mover Industry in India. He was Member and original sponsor of the Indian Standards Institution. I. Loco. E. obituary.
Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Victorian Railways (no biographical detail traced). Designed Heavy Harry which was intendeds to be the first of 3 large mixed-traffic locomotives capable of handling the heavyweight Overland express to Adelaide. The prototype was rolled out 7 February 1941: it featured a large Belpaire firebox with combustion chamber and thermic syphons providing plenty of direct heating surface for the boiler; it was fed by an automatic stoker. No other Australian locomotive had so much combined heating surface or so large a grate. (The nearest competitors in both areas were the SAR's 500-class 4-8-4s, which were supplied by Armstrong-Whitworth In terms of superheater area as a percentage of overall heating surface area, however, the H class ran a little lower than most main-line locomotives delivered in the same period. Three 11 inch piston valves fed the three cylinders, the middle one of which was actuated by a conjugation lever. The valves had 6½ (165 mm) travel, 1½ (38 mm) lap, and ¼ in. (6.35 mm) lead. Exhaust poured out of a double blastpipe in a smokebox that was flanked by "elephant ear" smoke lifters. Ahlston attempted to ease the transfr to diesel motive power by assessing trends on a global basis.
Allwood, Henry Edgar
Former Works manager of the Nigerian Government Railways, appointed chief mechanical engineer SIerra Leone Government Railway, Cline Town, Sierra Leone, in succession to Mr. R. Malthus who had retired. Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 26
Angus, Percy Roy
Born in 1893. Died on 7 July 1961. Former chief mechanical engineer of the New Zealand Railways. He retired in 1950. As head of the Department’s mechanical engineering branch, Mr Angus did much to equip the railways for the heavy traffic now being handled, and his modern designs of rolling stock were highly regarded in New Zealand and overseas. The heavy "K" class locomotives for Main Trunk service, and the railcars introduced to the Wairarapa and New Plymouth routes in the later 1930s, were of his design. Angus first joined the Railways as a mechanical engineering cadet at Invercargill in 1910, and subsequently served in Addington and Wellington. He was promoted to assistant chief mechanical engineer at Wellington in 1926 and later to locomotive superintendent in charge of the locomotive running branch of the Department. Appointed to the position of chief mechanical engineer in 1941, Angus in this capacity, took over full control of the railway workshops and locomotive running branches. For many years Angus had taken an active interest in both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. London, of which he was a member, and of the New Zealand Institution of Engineers, of which he was president, 1952-53. His name is perpetuated in the New Zealand Institution of Engineers by the Angus Award, which he endowed to encourage papers on mechanical engineering. Off Internet.
Died on 16 September 1931 due to fall from the Kathiawar Mail train, near Anand, forty miles from Ahmedabad. Henry Arrnitstead, M.B.E., carriage and wagon superintendent of the B.B. & C.I. Ry. (metre gauge section), Ajrner. He was fifty-four years of age and joined the railway in 1920, after having served the North Western Ry. He was responsible for the building of the saloon used by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales during his last visit to India. . Locomotive Mag., 1931. 37, 344. In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Armstrong, William Harold
Born in 1891; died 19 March 1959. Apprenticed at Eveleigh locomotive works of New South Wales Railways and subsequently obtained drawing office and running experience. Became Assitant CME in 1936 and in 1951 Chief Mechanical Engineer. Retired in 1956. Obituary ILocoE. Responsible for New South Wales Government Railways in acquiring AD60 Beyer Garratts: see Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1952, 58, 137..
Born in Limerick on 22 May 1872. Son of Martin Atock, locomotive engineer. Died in Liverpool on 12 June 1944. Educated at Arnold College, Blackpool and High School, Dublin. Pupil of his father at Broadstone. Brief period with Kitson's and for a time foreman of the Tuam locomotive running district. Then spent his career on railways in Burma, Cuba and Venezuela.
US Patent 1,332,480 Liquid-fuel burner for furnaces of locomotive-boilers and for other furnaces. Published 2 March 1920
Shepherd, Ernie. The Atock/Attock family: a worldwide railway engineering dynasty. 2009. 264pp. (Oakwood Library of Railway History No. 150). NB Patent found on Espacenet
Died at Ewell, Surrey on 12 August 1962 aged 62. Educated at Kirkby Lonsdale and Queen’s College Oxford, where he took an honours degree in Mechanical Sciences. Served with Border Regiment during WW1 from 1918. Pupilage at Derby under Sir Henry Fowler; then joined Great Indian Peninsula Railway as a motive power officer in 1924. During his first posting he planned the then new Bhusaval locomotive machine and fitting shops at a time when steam locomotive shopping periods were being lengthened: work led to early promotion as Divisional Power Officer, followed by headquarter appointments as Line Fuel Officer and later as senior Motive Power Officer in Bombay. After a period as the GIP Railway’s Deputy General Manager at the end of WW2 he was transferred to London as European Liaison Officer for the re-constituted Indian Government Railway Board. Joined Merz and McLellan in 1955 when his work brought him into close contact with railway projects on Continental Europe, in Africa and in the UK. In India remembered for his fuel researches which led to the adoption of local low-grade fuels for the wide fire-box standard engines introduced throughout the country. He gained his soccer “blue”, played for the Corinthians and was signed as an amateur with Preston North End. Sam was never ruffled. He was remembered by his colleagues for his industry, modesty and his superbly clear and analytical mind which enabled him quickly to get to the root of every problem he tackled. He was a first class administrator and while not always in agreement with headquarter’s instructions, he possessed the commendable knack of being able to stick quietly and firmly to his point, thereby influencing policy to the good without upsetting anyone. He was elected a member of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1938. Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1962, 52, 655-6...
Bargh, Charles Thomas
Born in 1858, at Wray, Lancaster; died Wellington, New Zealand on 6/7 May 1942. Served his apprenticeship at the Phoenix Foundry, Lancaster. Went to New Zealand in 1878, and joined the New Zealand Railways staff at Addington in1880, subsequently transferring to Dunedin. In June, 1893, he took up a position as works manager with the Wellington-Manawatu Railway Company, and remained there until that line was acquired by the Government in 1908. He then occupied the position of locomotive inspector at A. and G. Price and Co., Thames, who were building the A class locomotives. In 1912 he was appointed workshop manager of the Petone shops, and in 1920 workshop manager at East Town. He retired in June 1921.
Bennett, Francis Frederick
Born in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, in 1866; died on 20 April 1940. Received early education at Archbishop Tennison's Grammar School and King's College School, London. He served his apprenticeship from 1881 to 1886 with the South Eastern Railway at Ashford works. In 1887 he was appointed improver to Robert Napier, Marine Engineers, Govan, and after holding similar appointments in London with Verity and Sons, Electricians, and the Ward Electrical Car Company, he proceeded in 1890 to Argentina to join the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway. He remained with that company for 20 years, serving for the last six years as District Locomotive Superintendent. In 1906, he became traction superintendent in Buenos Aires for the Buenos Aires Pacific Railway, and was transferred to Bahia Blanca in 1908, and to Mendoza in 1910, in a similar capacity. He was appointed acting assistant locomotive superintendent at Junin in 1915, being promoted in the following year to acting chief mechanical engineer and traction superintendent, a position he held until his retirement in 1928. Elected a Member of IMechE in 1916. Grace's Guide. See also Locomotive Msag., 1928, 34, 172 for three-cylinder Pacific design
Biernacki, Roderick Korneli
Polish: died 24 January 1943. Former Locomotive Superintendent Indian State Railways (Who Was Who) and see J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1964, 54, 182 for comment by Kenneth Cantlie."one of the most remarkable and temperamental C.M.E.s India has ever known. The railways had always kept a careful check of the lot or cast numbers of all axles, so that if more than two or three broke due to spreading cracks, all the axles in that lot were withdrawn. Two axles of one lot had broken in quick succession and Biernacki examined them. "The trouble with these axles is not the steel, but their shape. These axles are parallel and have no extra flexibility at their centres. Wohler did not go far enough-have you read Wohler? No? Then read him at once-he (Wohler) suggested that we should reduce the diameter of axles below the diameter of the wheel-seats to lessen the stress concentration there, but did not make the deduction that this reduced concentration was mainly due to increased flexibility of the axles. We shall test this. We will turn down the centre of the axle below that of the wheel-seats, but will also taper the axle towards the centre and I think that that will stop the trouble." This was done and, for the next four years at least, there were no more breakages. In 1917 granted seven months leave of absence see Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 66..
Appointed Acting Chief Mechanical Engineer (Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 143); eventually Chief Mechanical Engineer Great Indian Peninsular Railway: retired 1932. See Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1932, 38, 103 and 1930, 36, 64-6 for Mail train built at Matunga workshops.
Blagrave, John William Borcherds
M.Mech.E., Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, Bhavnagar State Rly., Kathiawar, India. Photograph as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197.
Bobby, Arthur Stanley
In 1935 appointed deputy CME Egyptian State Railways; formerly mechanical engineer Ceylon Government Railways (Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 303).. In 1920 was in locomotive department of Anatolian Railway in Haida.
Bowkett, Sydney Thomas
Died on 29 November 1932, aged 58: elected a Member of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1920 on the formation of the South American Centre. At the age of 14 he joined the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway Company as office cadet and later took up a footplate career. After a period of six years he relinquished this vocation to occupy the post of Secretary to the Locomotive Inspector of the Empalme Lobos Section. On 1 January 1913, he was promoted Travelling Foreman, from which post he retired on pension in June 1932 after 37 years' service. Bowkett was a very conscientious employee and was very much esteemed by his fellow workers. He was a staunch supporter of the Institution, and never failed to attend the meetings of the South American Centre. ILocoE obituary, 1933, 23, 159.
First locomotive superintendent of Indian Midland Railway; formerly GIPR divisional superintendent. Brock moved to the Southern Maahratta Railway in 190 See Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 355-7.
Bruce, William Duff
Born at Brooklawn near Mowhill, County Leitrim on 10 April 1839. Educated in St Andrews, Scotland. Apprenticed at Thomas Grendon of Drogheda for four years and then returned to St Andrews for further study before going to India where he studied at Roorkee College before taking up career in Indian public works, In 1887 set up as consulting engineer in Westminster where he was involved in Indian railways including Assam Bengal Railway. Died in London on 24 April 1900. Obit. Proc. Instn Mech. Engrs., 1900, 58, 324 and Mike Chrimes in Chrimes.
Buttle, David Carleton
Died 3 May 1942 when aged 76. He had been connected with railways since 1880 when he began his six year apprenticeship with the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway at their Brighton works. After three years experience in the company's service as locomotive inspector and foreman, he went abroad as superintendent of locomotives, carriages and wagons for the Great Southern Railway of Spain, a position which he retained until 1906. In the following year he began his long association with South American railways by his appointment as locomotive superintendent of the Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway. In 1914 he transferred his services to the Nitrate Railways of Chile and subsequently joined the board of directors. Buttle was elected a Member of the IMechE in 1907. Obituary 149 page 164
Cardew, Cornelius Ambrose
Born in Sydney, Australia on 15 October 1897: son of a civil engineer. Recipient of ILocoE Alfred Roslin Bennett Award in 1935, Presenter of ILocoE papers: No. 306 Some observations on the practice of providing lead with the piston or slide valves of modern locomotives; Paper No. 417 The making of comparative efficiency tests with locomotives on the road ; Paper No. 480 The blower, its origin and its functions on the locomotive: with some notes on several different types used, the draught producing value of some of them, and the steam which they consume. Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer. Overseas Advisory Representative odf Institution of Locomotive Engineers in Ne;v South Wales. At least two patents: Apparatus for testing the permanent way of railways, tramways, or the like and Means for discharging water from steam engine cylinders. Died 1973.
Cardew, Cornelius Edward
Born at Belton, Leicestershire, on 18 July 1851; educated at Cheltenham College. After a course of training in mechanical engineering in Glasgow, he was employed in the works of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, and later obtained an appointment on the Indian State Railways, where he served thirty years, attaining the rank of locomotive superintendent. The latter part of his service was spent on the Burma State Railway, where, as Lieut.-Colonel, he commanded the Burma Railway Volunteers. While on leave in England in 1884-5 he was employed at the Gloucester Wagon Works as inspector of rolling stock for the Indian State Railways. He retired in 1906 and settled in Cornwall, where he acted as Justice of the Peace for the County. During WW1 he was Recruiting Officer for the district of Wadebridge, where he resided. He also commanded a Company of the National Reserve. In February 1918 he suuffered a paralytic stroke which left him a confirmed invalid, and his death took place at his residence on 18 May 1921, in his seventieth year. He became a Member of IMechE in 1878. Photograph at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 11925, 31, 133 (plate)..
Born in Leeds in 1898, and educated at Cockburn High School. His technical knowledge was obtained at Holbeck Mechanics Institute and Leeds University (Evening Sessions). He joined Messrs. Job, Day & Sons as a junior draughtsman in 1912, and a year later was apprenticed to Messrs. Manning, Wardle & Co., spending two years in the various shops, and the remainder of his time in the drawing office. For fifteen months of WW1 he was in the Royal Air Force as a fitter and turner, before returning to Manning, Wardle as a locomotive draughtsman, with whom he remained until 1924, when he migrated to Buenos Ayres to become a locomotive draughtsman in the locomotive drawing office of the chief mechanical engineer of the Central Argentine Railway. In 1934 he was in charge of the locomotive drawing office and in 1936 assistant chief draughtsman of the locomotive carriage and wagon drawing office, subsequently becoming chief in 1937. Died 26 October 26 1940. Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1940, 30, 502.
Carr, Andrew Custance
Carr was born in 1867 and received his early education at Berwick-on-Tweed Grammar School from 1876 to 1884. He served his engineering apprenticeship on the North Eastern Railway at Gateshead Works. Whilst there he attended. Durham College of Science. On completion of his time he was made an Inspector of Material and for a short time was in charge of the mechanical test house and District Inspector of Stationary Machinery. In 1892 he joined the locomotive department of the East Indian Railway where he rose to become the Deputy Locomotive Superintendent. In 1905 he joined the Bengal Nagpur Railway as Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer. In 1909 he visited railway workshops in the United States and Canada, and in 1912 he became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the BNR. For the 1917-18 Session he was Chairman of the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent's Committee of the Indian Railway Conference Association. In 1918 he was loaned to the British Government and took over the general managership of Coventry Ordnance Works, returning to India in 1920 as Agent and General Manager of the B.N. Rly. In 1922 he retired from India and became a Partner in Sir John Wolfe Barry & Partners. He was President of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers, Session 1935-36 (Address) brief biographr & portrait: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 179.. He was renowned for his sound judgment and rendered valuable service to the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in many directions. He died on 25 January 1945 at the age of 77. Obituary J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1945, 35, 77-8 (with portrait). Photograph as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197...
General manager and chief engineer of the Darjeeling Railway: see Locomotive Mag., 1905, 11, 38.
Case, Robert C.
Joint author with H.H. Spalding on locomotive fuel economy
Formerly superintendent mechanical workshops prommoted to chief mechanical engineer North Western Railway at Lahore. : Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 338.
Died 18 April 1905 in New Zealand; born in Liverpool?; educated at the Caledonian School and Mechanics Institure in Liverpool. Served apprenticeship at Liverpool Dockyard and at works of Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway [obituary states "Lancashire"!]. Joined Yorkshire Engine Co. as foreman in boiler-mounting shop and sent with locomotives exported to Russia and following two years with the Poti-Tiflis Railway he was appointed Locomotive Superintendent by the Russian Government. Returned to United Kingdom during war between Russia and Turkey and emigrated to New Zealand. He was engineer and then manager of the Canterbury Tramway Co. and this was preceded by, and followed by service at the Addington workshops of New Zealand Railways. He became involved in labour relations and was a Freemason. (New Zealand newspaper online)
Chalmers, Robert James
Born in Brighton on 11 August 1874: son of Robert and brother of Walter (if Marshall was correct this would appear to imply that Robert Chalmers may have been working for the LBSCR: Marx's Robert Billinton notes that Billinton became Stroudley's Chief Draughtsman in late 1872: was Robert Chalmers former Chief Draughtsman?); died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 31 July 1940 aged 66. At time of death was CME Queensland Government Railways. Educated Allan Glen's Technical College in Glasgow. From 1889 apprenticed at Cowlairs Works, NBR. In 1894 he entered the drawing office. Between 1895 and 1901 he worked as a locomotive draughtsman in various railway and private locomotive works. In 1901 he went to Australia and, until 1904, worked on locomotive and rolling stock design at the Ipswich works of Queensland Government Railways. He then went to India as assistant locomotive superintendent North Western Railway and later C & W superintendent, Lahore. He married Jean Aitcheson Mann, whom had been born in Partick, in Bombay on 15 September 1909 (off Internet). He returned to Queensland 1911 as leading draughtsman at Ipswich works. In 1920 he was appointed assistant works manager and chief draughtsman. He was responsible for introdudng the Cl7 class 4-8-0 loco on the 3ft 6in gauge Queensland Government Railways. In 1925 he was appointed 1925 Chief Mechanical Engineer of Queensland Government Railways (Locomotive Mag., 1926, 31, 303) until he retired in February 1940 shortly before his death. .
Carriage & Wagon Superintendent, North West State Railway (India): appointment Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 23. In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Mentioned as being deputy locomotive superintendent in charge of North Western State Railway of India whilst Biernacki was on leave of absence (see Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 66). Also an author of report: Oil fuel trials on the North Western Railway of India, 1913-1916 for India. Railway Board (appointment thereto Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 23). Technical paper No. 193 . Attended ILocoE dinner in 1920s
Clapp, Harold Winthrop
Born in St Kilda, Melbourne on 7 May 1875; died in Melbourne on 21 September 1952. Educated at Brighton Grammar and Melbourne Church of England Grammar Schools. Apprenticed 1893-5 at Austral Otis Co. and then superintendent of motive power for Brisbane Tramway Co. In 1900 he moved to USA to work for General Electric Co. in Schenectady, New York. He was in charge of the West Jersey and Seashore division of the Pennsylvania Railroad and in 1908 moved to the Southern Pacific Railroad to electrify lines in Oakland, Almeda and Berkeley. He became vice-president of the Columbus Railway Power and Light Co and of the East St Louis and Suburban Railway Co. In April 1920 he returned to Australia to become chairman of the Victorian Railway Commissioners where he instigated suburban electrification and locomotive standardisation. He introduced an air-conditioned train for the Melbourne to Albury service. On 30 June 1939 he left the railways to become general manager of the Aircraft Construction Branch of theCommonwealth Department of Supply and Development. In March 1945 he reported on gauge standardisation for Australian railways. Patsy Adam-Smith Australian Dictionary of Biography.
Clarke, Arthur Cecil
Born 10 January 1884 in Manchester; died in Caracas, Venezuela, on 8 August 1929, General Manager of the La Guaira and Caracas Railway. Clarke died due to blood poisoning caused from an accident two years before when he was thrown out of his rail motor car, which had collided with a large boulder which had fallen on the railway. He was a brother of Sir Basil Clarke, the well-known publicist. He commenced his engineering career with Mather and Platt, at Salford Works, serving his apprenticeship from 1900 to 1905. From 1905 to 1906 he served as a fitter in the Locomotive Works of the Manchester Ship Canal Company. From 1906 to 1909 he acted as assistant to the Resident Engineer of the Southern Railways of Peru. From 1909 to 1911 he acted as assistant to the Locomotive Superintendent, and then was promoted to Engineer-in-Charge of the La Pas Railway. From 1913 to 1916 he held the position of Locomotive Superintendent of the Brazil North-Eastern Railway. He then joined the Army as a private, and quickly rose to commissioned rank, and was subsequently transferred to the Railway Operating Division, and was concerned with railway rolling stock repairs in France. Upon demobilisation he entered the service of the La Guaira and Caracas Railway. He was elected a member of the ILocoE on the 26 February, 1916. ILoco obituary.
Clarke, Charles William
Chief Mechanical Engineer East Indian Railway then Commissioner Western Australian Government Railway c1947. Author of several ILocoE papers: Locomotive hornblocks Paper 407; Technology of the heat treatment of steel Paper 450; Service tests to establish locomotive efficiency Paper 440; dynamometer cars Paper 340 Comment on Paper 461 by Nightingale and Kamlani The use of experimental data in fixing the proportions of locomotive boiler (page 472) and on the application of roller bearings
Cole, Harold Linter
Born in India iin about 1880; died in Auckland, New Zealand in 1953. Captain in Royal Engineers during WW1. Chief Mechanical Engineer Bengal Nagpur Railway in 1926. Early member ILocoE. Book: Rating locomotives. London: W. Thacker, 1912. 80pp. Is this cited as "Cole's tables"?
Coggins, Charles Henry
Educated at Nottingharn High School from 1910 to 1917. He was at Queen's College, Cambridge, from 1919 to 1922, where he obtained his M.A. in Mechanical and Geological Sciences. After a short course in metallurgy at Sheffield University, he became a pupil on the L.M.S. Rly., at Derby. In 1924 he joined the Madras and Southern Mahratta Rly. as an assistant locomotive superintendent. He itas first employed at Perambur and later at Waltair, Hibli and Madras. Coggins was subsequently promoted to District Transportation Superintendent (Power), Bangalore District. After leave in 1936 he was placed in charge of the Bezwada District. He was an officer of considerable promise and was popular with his fellow officers and the staff. His death occurred on 10 August 1938, at Perambur Railnay Hospital, after a short illness, at the early age of 39.
Collins, Francis Richard
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Richard Collins, D.S.O., Officier Legion d'honneur, President for Instn Loco. Engrs. 1937-38, was son of Rev. Richard Collins, and was born in 1873. He was educated at Almondbury Grammar School and Huddersfield Technical School. On leaving school, in 1891, he became a premium apprentice at the Crewe Works of the LNWR and, on completion of his time, a pupil of F.W. Webb. In 1896, after a term in the Drawing Office, he was appointed Locomotive Foreman at Ordsall Lane (Manchester), being transferred later to Aston Shed at Birmingham and then to Camden.
In 1901-2 he was placed in command of a section of the 2nd Cheshire R.E. (Railway Volunteers) in the South African War, attached to the 10th Company of Royal Engineers, and later to the Imperial Military Railways. From 1902-4 he was District Locomotive Supt. at Bloemfontein, on the Central South African Railways. He was appointed Works Manager at Pretoria in 1904 and Supt. Mech. and Motive Power, South African Railways, at Johannesburg in 1908.
In 1914-15 he was Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding the South African Engineer Corps, in the operations in South-West Africa, and was mentioned in despatches. He came to France in 1916, in command of the South African Railway Troops, and, later, was appointed Assistant Director of Light Railways, Fifth Army. He was again mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O. and made an Officier Legion d’honneur.
Returning to the services of the South African Railways in 1919, he visited Canada and the U.S.A. on inspection work and was appointed, in 1920, Advisory Engineer to the High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa in London. In 1922 he became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the South African Railways, residing in Pretoria. He retired in 1929. Died 19 October 1957..
He was a delegate at the International Railway Conferences at Berne in 1910; at Rome in 1922; and in London in 1925. He was elected a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1917 and a Member of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1920. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1937, 27, 461 (obituary J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1957, 47, 544-5) and Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1937, 43, 313-14.
Promoted from works manager to superintenddent mechanical worshops, North Western Railway, Lahore: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 338.
Cossey, John Cecil George
Died 16 June 1962 aged seventy-nine, retired from the boards of ABC Coupler and Engineering Co. Ltd., Wota Ltd. and Meboe Ltd. in 1948. Began career as a premium apprentice in 1900 at Stratford Works of Great Eastern Railway, later becoming a draughtsman. He subsequently gained experience in the shops of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and afterwards became Shop Superintendent, Canadian National Railways, Winnipeg. He joined the ABC Coupler and Engineering Co. Ltd. as Engineer and Secretary in 1920, becoming a Director and Chief Engineer in 1933. Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1962, 52, 316-17..
CME Palestine Railways in 1935: see Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 270
Craig, Hugh Alexander
Locomotive Superintendent Burma Railway during early 1020s. Member ILocoE. Responsible for introducing 2-8-8-2 Garratts into Burma. Locomotive Mag., 1924, 30, 364-6
Died 1964. Apprenticed at Derby. Encountered again in 1930 by Roland Bond whilst in India and he was production manager at Moghalpura Locomotive Works
The training of apprentices on Indian State Railways. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1932, 22, 344-57. Paper No. 290
Crighton, Charles Edwin
Born 6 July 1840, died at Hove, Sussex, on 1 February, 1912. He served his pupilage with Robert Stephenson and Company, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and subsequently went to India as Resident Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent on the Great Southern Railway of India, a post which he held until 1867. In 1880 he was appointed Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, the name of the system being changed to the South Indian Railway. He retired in 1903. Photographed at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate). Eelected Member of IMechE on the 6 March, 1888.
Sometime chief mechanical enginner of Bengal Nagpur Railway: responsible for 4-8-0+0-8-4 Beyer Garrat in 1931 (see Loaomotive Mag., 1931, 37, 256-7): one of which may be preserved in India.
Da Costa, Gerson Da Cunha
Lively contributor to the working of the Indian Section of the ILocoE. See Paper No. 403 on indicator diagrams
Dalzell, Harold Edward
Born in London in 1881; died 18 May 1930. Bound apprentice to H. Pontifex and Sons of Shoe Lane. He also attended classes at Battersea Polytechnic. After a short period as outdoor superintendent for Pontifex, he joined Mather and Platt as a draughtsman in 1902, while in 1905 he was appointed works manager at Clarke's Motor Works, Manchester. In he joined the Peruvian Corporation as a draughtsman and engineer on the Southern Railway of Peru. and in 1907 became resident engineer on the Bajada Electric Mountain Railway at La Paz, Bolivia. In 1909 he was appointed chief mechanical and electrical engineer for the Guaqui to La Paz Railway and the Lake Titicaca Navigation, Bolivia, the latter employing six steamers. In 1912 he was appointed in the same capacity for the whole of the southern system of the Peruvian Corporation, in whose service he continued until 1922. In 1923 he was employed by the La Guaira and Caracas Railway Company to make a preliminary report for the electrification of the line. In 1924 he took the position of chief mechanical and electrical engineer to the San Paulo (Brazilian) Railway Company, but was forced to retire in 1929 owing to ill-health. Dalzell became an Associate Member of the IMechE in 1910 and a Member in 1915. He was the inventor of the D.L. oil-fuel burner in use on one or two of the Argentine railways.
Danby, Charles George Henry
Carriage and Wagon Superintendent, East Indian Railway, Lillooah, Bengal, India. Member Instn Mechanical Engineers. Graces Guide. In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1. Photograph as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197...
Darbyshire, George Christian
Darbyshire was born at sea in 1820 and spent his early life in Derby, England. His father, George was a civil engineer who worked for George Stephenson. Later the son worked under Robert Stephenson. He married Maria Wragg in 1846: Maria was the daughter of Samuel Wragg, an engineer who also worked for George Stephenson, and the widow of a man called Stafford who was killed in an accident. Darbyshire in evidence to the Select Committee on the Chewton Railway Station given on 12 June 1863 related that his whole railway experience in Britain had been on the Midland Railway. Robert Stephenson was engineer for the Midland Railway on which construction began in February 1837. Darbyshire's brother, John Darbyshire who also went out to Victoria, became Mining surveyor and later Inspector of Mines with the Victorian government Mines department. However, Darbyshire may also have trained as a surveyor in England, being initially employed by his father in the firm of George Darbyshire and Sons, then with his brother in the partnership John and George C Darbyshire and were responsible for a number of surveys for Tithe maps in around 1839-41. Darbyshire travelled to Australia with his wife Maria on the Pemambuco arriving in Melbourne on 7 July 1853 and became Engineer of Construction, and District Surveyor under the Victorian Government at Williamstown in 1854. He was also appointed deputy surveyor general of Victoria on 9 April 1857, to the Board of Science on 4 June 1858, and Territorial Magistrate for Wyndham on 7 April 1865. Darbyshire's migration to Victoria coincided with the end of the railway mania. He took up a post as Engineer of the Melbourne and Mount Alexander Railway in 1855. He was then appointed as Engineer in Engineer-in-Chief of the Victorian Railways from 1 April 1856 to 17 May 1860 when he was replaced by Thomas Higginbotham. Among Darbyshire's first responsibilities was supervising the design and construction of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company line to Bendigo and Echuca.Darbyshire accepted the appointment as Chief Engineer of the Railways on the condition that he retained his substantive appointment as District Surveyor Williamstown and could return to that at any time. He acted as Deputy Surveyor General from May to July 1857 while holding the position of Chief engineer. He returned to his position as District Surveyor on resigning his position as Chief Engineer Railways. Darbyshire remained in the Survey Department and became Surveyor General. He was one of the 137 officials removed from office on "Black Wednesday" on 8 January 1878 when the Government was denied supply. He, like a number of other senior officers, was not reappointed. Darbyshire returned to the railway department in 1881 as Engineer for Construction and Surveys, laying out many new lines. On the unexpected death of Robert Watson in 1891 he again became Chief Engineer a position he held until his near his death. In his last years he moved to Power Street Hawthorn, where he lived out his life as a Pensioner of the Victorian Government (Railways) and where he died on 5 March 1898. He was buried at Werribee Cemetery. Wikipedia 2014-06-01: not very satisfactory.
Locomotive Superintendent, Baroda State Railway. In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
In Group photograph when Deputy Locomotive. Superintendent, .Rajputana Malwa Ry. as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197..
W.A.J. Day appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the South African Railways and Harbours in succession to A.G. Watson in 1936, who had retired from that position. Day was formerly on the London & North Western Railway, and went to South Africa as an assistant on the Transvaal Railways in 1902. In 1918 he became assistant mechanical engineer at Durban, and became mechanical engineer at Maritzburg in 1927. In the fol1owing year he took up a similar position at Uitenhage, and in 1930 was appointed Advisory Engineer to the High Commissioner in London. At the end of 1932 Day returned to Pretoria as Mechanical Engineer on the staff of the Chief Mechanical Engineer, and in 1935 became Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer. He was Chief Mechanical Engineer South African Railways 1936-9 and retired in 1942. Mainly Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 132. Designed 15F 4-8-2 built in large numbers, and widely preserved including one in Glasgow Transport Museum.
Succeeded Robert James Chalmers as CME Queensland Government Railways in 1940 (Locomotive Mag., 1940, 46, 145) but resigned to ill-health in 1943 and eventually replaced by Vincent Hall. Joined Queensland Government Railways in 1930 having come from Victoria. Trained at North British Locomotice Co. in Glasgow, the worked for Glasgow Corporation Tramways, followed by the Metropolitan Railway in London. Moved to Australia following service in WW1..
Deeble, William Rufus
Born near Plymouth, England, in 1856, but in 1857 was taken by his parents to Victoria, Australia: died New Town, Hobart, on 25 July 1936. From 1868 to 1875 he served an articled apprenticeship at the Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat, and he received his technical education at the Ballarat School of Mines. He accepted an appointment on the Tasmanian Main Line Railway in 1876, and held positions in the locomotive workshops. In 1890, when he was assistant locomotive foreman the railway was purchased by the Tasmanian Government. He was appointed superintendent of the locomotive, carriage, and wagon departments of the Tasmanian Government Railways in 1898, and in 1904 he became chief mechanical engineer, a position which he held until his retirement in 1923. Deeble pioneered Garratt locomotives; the first locomotive of this type ever built was constructed in 1909 to his designs and worked on a 2-foot gauge tramway in the mining districts of Tasmania. Larger Garratt locomotives were then ordered and in 1912 he adopted the 4-4-2+2-4-4 type for express passenger work on the 3 ft. 6 in. gauge. Tests with these engines established that a Garratt locomotive has the running characteristics of the wheel arrangement of its motor bogies. Deeble also designed special cross-seat carriages with sleeping accommodation, and initiated steel seats with reversible backs which became general in Tasmania. Shortly before WW1 he prepared plans for the expansion of the fitting shops at Launceston, and he was responsible for the erection of a large block of the new workshops. In addition he introduced coal- and ash- handling plants. Deeble was elected a Member of the Institution of Mecanical Engineeers in 1900. He rendered valuable services as a Member of the Australian Advisory Committee from 1922 until his death. Grace's Guide.
Locomotive Superintendent East Indian Railway. Conversion of 0-6-0 to 0-8-0T see Locomotive Mag., 1924, 30, 44. Attended ILocoE dinners in late 1920s/early 30s. Contributed to discussions: on Bulleid paper on poppet valves and paper by Holcroft on interaction of vehicles and track. and comments on bar frames following Lelean's Presidential Address in 1932
Died in 1915 aged 51. Locomotive Superintendent of the Shanghai Nanking Railway. Formerly with the locomotive department of the London & South Western Railway at Exeter and Nine Elms. Locomotive Mag., 1915, 21, 123.
Dyer, Terence Armston Stewart
Born on 2 November 1874 in Lucknow, India, and began his engineering career at the Crystal Palace School of Engineering, Sydenham. He received his practical training in the works of the Glenfield Engineering Co. and Andrew Barclay & Co., Kilmarnock and at Dubs & Co., Glasgow . From May 1899 to early 1902 he undertook inspection of locomotives and rolling stock ordered in America for Egypt, and in Glasgow for the South Africa Field Force. In 1902 he joined the inspection staff of Messrs Rendel, Palmer & Tritton (Messrs Rendel & Robertson as it was then called) and carried out insprction duties for that firm until 1907 when he set up his own inspection business in France, Belgium and Germany. From 1915 to 1919 he acted as representative of the Consulting Engineers to the War Ofice and Messrs Rendel, Palmer & Tritton, in U.S.A. After the first World War ended he re-opened his business in Europe and for some time represented leading London Consulting Engineers on the Continent until his retirement. He was awarded the M.B.E. for his war services in the first World War. Mr. Stewart Dyer, who had been a Member since 1922, bequeathed at his death, which occurred on 14 June 1951, the sum of £500 to the Institution. The Council have decided to set this money aside to support awards for Papers originating in the Local Centres; such awards to be entitled The Stewart Dyrr Awards.
Former pupil of Tannett & Walker of Leeds, and assistant to C.H. Liverick, district locomotive superintendent Colwick (GNR) appointed locomotive superintendent Mauritius Railway. Loco. Mag., 1904, 10, 38.
Edgcombc, William Edward
Edgcombe was returning to India, accompanied by his wife, being passengers on the ill-fated R.M.S. Persia, which was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea on 29 December 1915. Born in 1874, educated at Kelby College, Tavistock, and at Farmah Hall, Derby. Subsequently he attended Classes in Engineering and Metallurgy at Owens College, Manchester and was apprenticed to F.W. Webb, Chief Mechanical. Engineer, L. & N.W. Ry., Crewe, from 1891 to 1893, and later as a pupil, and then two and half years was an assistant draughtsman at Crewe. During his apprenticeship and pupilage Edgcombe gained experience in all the various departments at Crewe. From 1899 to 1902 he was Assistant Foreman at Rugby Running Shed; from 1902-1903 he was employed as an Inspector of Locomotives under Construction, by Sir A. M. Rendel & Co. In 1903 he was appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent on the East Indian Railway. where he remained until 1914, when he was appointed Locomotive Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Barsi Railway, Deccan, India. ILocoE obituary.
Locomotive superintendent of the Mount Lyell Ry. in Tasmania: office located at Queenstown. Locomotive Mag., 1922, 28, 323.
Falconer, Peter Lamond
Born in Kirriemuir in 1893; died in 1983 in Rosario, Argentina. Retired in 1949. Extremely active in South American branch of ILocoE. Papers should be listed here.
Born Glasgow 22 September 1903; died on 8 August 1962. Educated Whitehill Senior Secondary School and Glasgow Royal Technical College. In 1918 apprenticed with Messrs. Barr and Stroud, joining their staff as a draughtsman in 1925. In August 1927 he transferred to the LMS Railway as a draughtsman at St. Rollox Works, where he was in charge of design for jigs, fixtures, tools, shop layout, etc. In 1930 he took up an appointment with the Burma Railways, being progressively Draughtsman, Chief Draughtsman, Personal Assistant to the CME and Assistant Works Manager. During the Japanese occupation of Burma, he was employed in India and in London as a planning officer on the preparation of locomotive and machinery requirements for the rehabilitation of the Burma Railways. On the re-occupation of Burma he became Works Manager at Insein Locomotive Works, where his powers of improvisation and his devotion to his beloved workshops ensured that they were back into useful production long before the expected planned date. For this work he received an MBE. In 1948 when Burma achieved independence Archie Ferguson returned to the United Kingdom and joined the staff of Rendel Palmer and Tritton as an Inspecting Engineer. He remained with this firm in charge of Inspection in the London Area until his death. Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1962, 52, 317.
Ferguson, Thomas Gordon
Educated in Glasgow; served engineering apprenticeship at J. Copeland & Co. and then became a draughtsman at Sharp Stewart & Co, the Airdrie Iron Co. and Babcock & Wilcox. In 1904 he was appointed an assistant locomotive superintendent at Rosario. In 1913 he became Works Manager at Cordoba and in 1921 became Works Manager of the whole system. In 1929 he became Chief Mechanical Engineer before retiring and returning to Glasgow where he died on 1 February 1933. Obituary ILocoE.
Flatt, Leslie Neeve
Born on 26 March 1889; died at his home at Aylesbury on 16 August 1957 . He was 68. Technical consultant to the United Steel Company and Chief Mechanical Engineer of Eastern Bengal and North Western Railways from 1934 to 1940. Educated at Forest School and London University. He was trained at Stratford, where he was a premium apprentice with the Great Eastern Railway between 1906 and 1911. He was Material and Running Inspector for a short period and then went to India in 1913 to join the East Indian Railway. His career was interrupted by war service in the Royal Engineers with whom he served in Mesopotamia, reached the rank of captain and was mentioned in despatches. He transferred to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway in 1920, seven years later moved to the Eastern Bengal Railway and in 1936 took up an appointment with the North Western Railway. At the end of his time as C.M.E. of the E.B. and N.W. in 1940 he was aqointed Director of Mechanical Engineering and Chief Controller of the Standardisation Railway Board at New Delhi. At the same time he was Chairman of the Delhi Central Electric Power Authority. He occupied both positions until 1945. He was made C.I.E. in 1943. He had been a Member ILocoE since 1923. Obituary Journal, 1957, 47, 450
Appointed Works Manager Nairobi, Kenya: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 45. Chief mechanical engineer, Sao Paulo Railway in Brazil in 1936 (Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 342).
Fraser, Stafford Robert Charles
Died :it San Esteban on 5th September, 1927, antl was buried at La Cumbre. Educated at Dulwich and London University College. In 1901 he entered the London and North Western Railway Locomotive Workshops at Crewe and served an apprenticeship, and on completing this he returned to the London University College. Subsequently he entered the service of Willans and Robinson, of Rugby. In 1907 he joined the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway at Junin, Argentina, as a draughtsrnan, and afterwards became a Technical Assistant in the Carriage and Wagon Department. Fraser went home to join WW1 in November, 1914, and served in France as Captain in the Royal Engineers. On returning to duty with the Pacific Railway in May, 1919, to his former post, he was transferred a month later to the position of Works Manager of the Carriage and Wagon Department at Mendoza, and afterwards, in December of the same year, he returned to Junin as Assistant Carriage and Wagon Works Manager, butr was taken ill with tuberculosis in December, 1926, and went to the Cordoba Hills for the benefit of his health, and died there. He was an Associate Member of the IlocoE and the Institutions of Civil Engineers and Mechanical Engineers.
Freeland, Henry Francis Edward
Born 29 December 1870; died 29 March 1946. Who's Who lists muilitary career, but item in Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 369 suggests may have been involved in adoption of automatic couplers on Indian railways.
Garrow, Robert G.
Born Helmsdale, Sutherland, 10 December. 1876; son of William Garrow (presumably Superintendent of the Line, Highland Railway) and Annie Urquhart; died 2 October 1932 Educated High School and Royal Academy, Inverness. Trained on Highland Railway, afterwards Caledonian Railway; Worked in Egypt, 1906-11, then Irrigation Service; Argentine Republic, Irrigation Rio Negro Valley, 1911-15; served WW1 1916-19 in Mesopotamia., From 1919-30; Engineer-in-Chief, Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway Company. CBE 1919.
Locomotive Superintendent., Nizaru's Guaranteed State Rys. Photograph as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197.
Gibbons, William Coulthurst
Second son of the William Barton Gibbons of the island of Barbados, was born on 12 December 1852, at Farley Hill, the seat of his uncle, Sir T. Graham Briggs, Bart., in the island of Barbados. He was educated at the Codrington Grammar school, and in February 1870 was placed by his uncle John Frederick Bourne, superintendent of Public Works in the island, with whom he remained till June 1871. In the following August he entered on a course of practical instruction in the works of G. Fletcher & Co., of Derby, and leaving them in September 1872, he became a pupil of William Martley, locomotive superintendent of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway, and there went through the various departments at that companys works at Battersea. At the expiration of his pupilage he was employed as an assistant draughtsman by William Kirtley, who had succeeded Martley. In April 1876 Gibbons was made an inspector in the running department, and was engaged in various experiments on the line. In January 1877 he received further advancement, being promoted District Locomotive Superintendent, residing at Chatham, and having supervision over the Sheerness, Faversham, and Margate locomotive stations. After holding this post for three years, and while still in the companys employment, he became a candidate for the appointment of Assistant Locomotive Superintendent in the Public Works department of India. That he was thought well fitted for the post he sought by his employers, is clearly proved from the high testimonials in his favour forwarded to the India Office, and he was selected for the appointment out of four hundred competitors. He left England in the spring of 1880, and was first stationed at Khandwa, in the northwest province, as third class locomotive superintendent. Here he met with an accident while riding, which deprived him of the use of his right elbow. Notwithstanding the severe shock to the system, he was able to resume his duties, and so efficiently as to obtain speedy promotion by a transfer to Cawnpore. But the climate now began to tell on him, and he died of fever and congestion of the brain on the 3 July 1881. Gibbons was elected an Associate Member of IMechE on the 4 March 1879. Grace's Guide
Gibbons, William Frederick
Served a pupilage at the Longhedge works of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway, from 1887 to 1891, and during the next two years was employed in the drawing office and as locomotive inspector. He was then made locomotive foreman and held this position until 1900 when he went to South Africa and joined the staff of the Beira & Mashonaland Railway (see Locomotive Mag., 1903, 9, 252). On the completion of five years' service as locomotive, carriage, and wagon superintendent he was engaged on inspection of locomotive building at Baldwin's works in the United States. This was followed by another brief appointment as assistant chief mechanical engineer to the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway, Argentina, before going to India in 1912 to take up the appointment of works superintendent to the Bengal-Nagpur Railway. Subsequently he became chief mechanical engineer, a position he retained until his retirement in 1925. Gibbons died on 16 June 1951 at the age of eighty-one. He was elected a Member of the IMechE in 1904. Grace's Guide"
G.I. Goring had been appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the British Guiana Government Railways and A. H. July was Assistant Mechanical Engineer. Loco. Mag., 1933, 39, 269,
Graeme, A.W. Sutherland
Appointed Locomotive Carriage & Wagon Superintendent Federated Malay States Railways: see Locomotive Mag., 1924, 30, 380. Crewe apprentice 1898-1903 (one of Webb's last pupils). Air conditioned carriages Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 386. Interned by Japanese.
Gray, Edward Hodson
Born on 22 April 1875; educated at Drogheda Grammar School in County Louth; died 12 February 1971. Chief Mechanical Engineer of Rhodesian Railways in 1930.
Locomotive Superintendent Rajputana Malwa Railway. Photographed at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate).
CME Queensland Government Railways in succession to Deacon. At time of appointment had been 35 years since joining the railway as an engineering cadet 35 years before. Still in appointment in early 1950s.
Harris, Norman Charles
Born on 10 April 1887 at Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, second child of Victorian-born parents Charles Joseph Harris, civil servant, and his wife Isabella, née McKay. Charles rose to be chief clerk of the rolling-stock branch and superintendent (1920-25) of the refreshment services branch of the Victorian Railways. At Scotch College, East Melbourne, Norman was head prefect, dux in science, mathematics and modern languages, a member of the firsts in rowing, cricket, football and athletics, and a witty contributor to the Scotch Collegian. In 1906-10 he studied engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he graduated M.Sc. During his holidays he earned ten cents an hour with the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. On leaving McGill, Harris joined C.P.R.'s technical staff and learned about rolling-stock construction, on which he was to become a world authority. In 1911 he returned to Australia to take up a post as an assistant-engineer with the Hydro-Electric Power Co. in Tasmania. On 10 April 1912 he married Rita May Wilson Moss. His career in the Victorian Railways commenced in 1913 when he entered its way and works branch as a draftsman; one year later he joined his father in the rolling-stock branch.
In 1912 Harris had been commissioned in the Militia. Appointed captain in the Australian Imperial Force on 18 October 1915, he served on the Western Front with the 2nd Divisional Engineers and was promoted major in July 1917. At Pozières, France, in July-August that year, while often under heavy shell-fire, he organized trench improvements and the consolidation of captured works, and was awarded the Military Cross. He won the Distinguished Service Order for his actions on 19 May 1918, near Albert, when again under enemy shelling he supervised the construction of four bridges over the River Ancre, enabling a successful attack to be launched. Twice mentioned in dispatches, he was granted leave after the Armistice to study railway and engineering practices in Britain. He returned to Melbourne in 1919, was promoted lieutenant colonel (1921) in the Militia and held engineering and staff posts until 1928.
Harris had rejoined the rolling-stock branch in 1919; he was promoted assistant chief mechanical engineer (1922) and chief mechanical engineer (1928). Appointed a commissioner of the Victorian Railways in 1933, seven years later he succeeded (Sir) Harold Clapp as chairman of commissioners. In his first report (1940) Harris suggested that Melbourne should have an underground railway and urged further electrification. During WW2 he chaired the transport sub-committee of the Emergency Council for Civil Defence. His greatest peacetime triumph was 'Operation Phoenix', begun in 1950, which saw the refurbishment and replacement of rolling-stock. Thirty new seven-carriage suburban trains came into use from 1956 and were named 'Harris trains'. Maintaining that 'railroading is a team job', Harris was well known for shovelling with the fireman, for his meticulous care of royal trains and for his denunciation of competition from road haulage.
Appointed C.M.G. in 1949, Harris retired in 1950, but remained chairman (1949-51) of the Victorian branch of the Institute of Transport of Australia. A subsequent chairman of commissioners, E. H. Brownbill, said that 'Harris was one of the great railway men of all times'. He died on 3 May 1963 at Brighton. Sebastian Clark Australian Dictionary of Biography
Harrison, Frank Hugh
CME South Australian Railways during WW2.
Hart, Edward Herbert
Died 19 August 1934 at Bitterne, Hants, aged 78 years: formerly a district locomotive uperintendent on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and on many occasions officiated as head of the locomotive department. Hart served on the Great Northern Railway in his early days. Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 287.
Appointed Locomotive Superintendent Uganda Railway. Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 45.
Hawkins, Rupert Skelton
Charteredc Mechanical Engineer 1892 list when District Locomotive Superintendent, Indian Midland Railway, Jhansi, India. In Group photograph when Loco. Supt., Assam Bengal Ry. as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197..
Appointed Locomotive, Carriage & Wagon Superintendent Ceylon Government Railways (formerly Assistant Locomotive Superintendent). Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 76
Helliwell, James W.
Born in Yorkshire in 1881. He trained as an engineer with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Horwich, Newton Heath and Somerley Bridge. In 1902 he was employed by the Central South African Railways as a fitter and draughtsman, with whom he remained for six years, proceeding from there to India where he was employed by the Indian State Railways. In 1916 he received a commission in the R.O.D. of the Royal Engineers, retiring with the rank of Major in 1919 to join the North-Western Railway of India as a District Locomotive Supt. In 1925 he became Works Manager of the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Shops at Karachi, and from 1927 to 1931 held a similar post at Lahore. From January, 1931, he was appointed Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Supt. of the Bikaner State Railways, retiring in 1933. On his return to England he went to live in Bournemouth. He died on 9 April 1934. Obit. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1934, 24, 611-12.
Served a six years apprenticeship, beginning in 1901, with Messrs. Andrew Barclay, Sons and Company, Ltd., Kilmamock, and received his technical education with the Kilmarnock School of Science and Art, and the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. He was appointed to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, Bombay, in 1913 as Assistant Locomotive Superintendent and promoted to District Loco Superintendent in 1917. During his period of service with that railway he was responsible for the design of a four-cylinder ten-wheeled-coupled locomotive ; and also for the equipment of locomotives for burning pulverized fuel, the design and layout of proposed new locomotive shops, of hydraulic presses for 18-pounder and 45-inch shells. From 1917 to 1919 his services were lent to the Government of India where he occupied the position of Deputy Controller (Manufactures) Indian Munition Board, acting as Government Consultant to limns engaged in the manufacture of munitions, as well as the handling and inspection of all outgoing munition contracts for the Armies in Mesopotamia. Latterly he was appointed to the staff of the Chief Inspector of Armaments at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, being attached to the Fuze Division. In this capacity he went to Canada and the United States in 1940 as a member of the British Inspection Board of the United Kingdom Technical Mission.
Heywood, William Henry
Died early 1921 when serving on South Indian Rly. at Madura. Born on 17 July 1584. After serving his apprenticeship at the Midland Railway Works, at Derby, passing through all departments, he was employed as a draughtsman at the Yorkshire Engine Co., Sheffield. In 1907 he was appointed Assistant to the Locomotive Superintendent of the East Indian Railway, and was promoted to the position of District Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent in 1911. He was elected a member of the ILocoE in 1916.
Born in Dublin in about 1820; died in Victoria, Australia, on 5 September 1880. Left Ireland in 1840 and entered the office of Sir William Cubitt later became assistant engineer on the Ashford-Canterbury line of the South Eastern Railway. He was then appointed resident engineer on the Huntingdon section of the GNR of which Cubitt was chief engineer . After practising in London he emigrated to Australia and at Melbourne was appointed chief engineer of roads and bridges of Victoria In 1860 he was appointed chief engineer of the Victorian Railways where he remained until January 1878. In 1879--80 he worked in South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. In March 1880 he returned to Victoria as chief railway engineer remaining in this position until his sudden death, by which time the railways of Victoria totalled l,182 miles, mostly built under Higginbotham to the Irish standard gauge of 5ft 3in, but he was not responsible for introducing the 5ft 3in gauge to Victoria; the Melbourne & Hobson's Bay Railway, the first steam railway in Australia, was opened to this gauge on 12 September 1854. Marshall.
Acting Chief Mechanical Engineer, Bengal Nagpur Railway in 1923. In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Hindley, [Sir] Clement Daniel Maggs
Born in Dulwich, London, on 19 December 1874; died Hampton, Middlesex, on 3 May 1944. Educated at Dulwich College and entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1893, where he graduated BA in mechanical sciences in 1896. In the following year he was appointed assistant engineer on the East Indian Railway. After a visit in 1904 to America and Canada as member of an official delegation from the Institution of Civil Engineers, he returned to India to become in 1905 personal assistant to the chief engineer of the East Indian Railway. He took charge in 1906 of the technical section of the agent's office, with responsibility for the scrutiny of all plans and estimates for engineering works. Later he assumed charge of the Delhi district and the completion of other sections of the region. He became secretary of the East Indian Railway in 1914, deputy general manager in 1918, and general manager in 1920.
In 1921 Hindley was appointed chairman of the commissioners of the Port of Calcutta, and in the following year became the first chief commissioner of railways for India, with responsibility for decisions on technical matters. He was the sole adviser to the government of India on railway policy and oversaw many important changes, including the reorganization of the railway department, the separation of railway finance from the general budget, the transfer of the East Indian and Great Indian Peninsula Railways to state management, and the opening of the first railway staff college. He did much to restore the Indian railways to a state of efficiency after the effects of the WW1 and initiated a programme of new construction which added 4000 miles to the railways. He was knighted in 1925 and, retiring in 1928, was appointed KCIE in 1929. He was also a commander of the Belgian order of Leopold.
On return to England, Hindley was appointed first chairman of the Racecourse Betting Control Board. Hindley was a man of imposing personality and great charm of manner, and he was much in demand for committee work, for he was a master of procedure and his memoranda were remarkable for their clarity: his attention was thus turned to matters which included the Channel Tunnel, forest products, inland water, building research, and fuel efficiency. He was a member of the Advisory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, of the board of the National Physical Laboratory, and chairman of the steel structures research committee. From 1939 to 1942 he was regional works adviser for the London civil defence region. At the time of his death he was chairman of the codes of practice committee for civil engineering and building under the minister of works, and of the building and civil engineering industries holidays with pay scheme. He was a valued member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of which he was president, 193940, and had much to do with the initiation of its journal and its research committee. ODNB entry by W.T. Halcrow, revised by Anita McConnell. Contributor to discussion on Pierre Place's paper on the Vitry Test Plant. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1935, 25, 380-406. Paper 338
Hindmarsh, Thomas Andrew
Born in 1862, joined the Indian Railways in 1884 and who was a Locomotive Superintendent on the Eastern Bengal State Railway. Collection of photographs in India Office. Group photograph when delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197.
Death recorded Locomotive Mag., 1945, 51, 19. Formerly chief mechanical engineer Sudan Government Railways (appointed 1 January 1904). Member ILocoE.: attended dinners. O.B.E. 2-6-4T design: Locomotive Mag., 1931, 37, 221, 2-8-2 design Locomotive Mag., 1926, 32, 375. ILocoE Paper No. 398 (1939) work on wear resistance in ferrous metals for Leyland Motors.
Hornett, William George
In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1. and became Chief Tech. Asst.; appointed Director of Company in 1934. M.I. Mech.Eng., M.I.Loco.E., Member of Council. Asst. Managing Director, Sentinel Waggon Works (1936) Ltd., 10 Haymarket, London, S.W.1. (Works, Shrewsbury). Private Address: "Toynton," Devas Road, Wimbledon, S.W.20. Career: 10 years on Great North of Scotland Rly.; then some 20 years Bengal Nagpur Rly., India, as Asst. Works Manager, Supt. of Tech. Branch and Carriage and Wagon Supt.; Selected by Rly. Board India to report on Automatic Couplers for use on Indian Rlys; Seconded by Rly. Board for Standardisation of Rolling Stock for Indian Rlys. for 5-ft. 6-ins., 3-ft. 31 ins. and 2-ft. 6ins. Gauges
Presented paper on the mechanic in India
Howell, Alfred Edward
Presented ILocoE Paper No. 123 in 1922, presumably when he was with Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Also contributed to Turner's Paper on management see page 153 of Volume 12. He probably worked for the North Western Railway of India; in 1946 he resigned from the post of Agent and General Manager of the Barsi Light Railway, returned to Britain, but in 1948 became Assistant General Manager of the Bengal Ingot Co. Ltd.
Born at Heaton Norris on 18 February 1875; died at Trowbridge on 8 June 1949.. He was educated at St. Bede's College, Manchester, the Technical School, Manchester and served .his engineering apprenticeship on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire (later Great Central) Railway at Gorton Tauk from 1891 to 1897. In 1898 he joined W. H. Bailey & Co., Salford, and was engaged on testing machines. In 1900 he went to India for Messrs. Heatly & Gresham, but left them in 1903 to join the Burma Railway as an assistant locomotive and carriage superintendent. In 1904 he joined the Eastern Bengal Railway, becoming a distnct locomotive supermtendent. In 1911. he went to the Oudh & Rohilkund Railway holding a similar appointment and four years later joined the North Western ailway of India. In 1919 he was appointed deputy locomotive superintendent and was subsequently superin:tendent of equipment, deputy chief mechamcal engineer, divisional supermtendent and superintendent mechanical workshops, retiring on 18 February 1930. On 1 April 1930 he joined the Krupp Indian Trading Co. as manager of the railway department and in 1939 was specially appointed to wind up all Krupp's Indian interests. The following year he returned to railway work, being appointed locomotive and carriage superintendent of the Jaipur State Railway which he held until 1944. He was a Lieut.-Col. (R.E.) in the Indian Volunteers and ceived the V.D. decoration. Obit J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1949, 39, 387. .
Hutton, Charles Inglis
Born c1879; died 30 April 1946, Entered the works of the North London Railway at Bow as a pupil under H.J. Pryce in 1896, and on the conclusion of his pupilage three years later, gained further experience in the drawing office. After training as a fireman at the Exeter depot of the London and South Western Railway he was employed as draughtsman in the carriage and wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Newton Heath until 1903, when he was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent with the Burma Railways Company, being promoted to the post of district superintendent seven years later. Subsequently he was made deputy superintendent of the carriage and wagon department, and from 1927 to 1934 served as locomotive superintendent. He then left Burma for Hyderabad to take up the appointment of locomotive carriage and wagon superintendent of the Nizam's State Railways, having been specially selected to carry out an extensive reorganization of his department. On the termination of this engagement three years later he retired. Elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1908. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 338 states probabli incorrectly that had retired in 1935 from Burma Railways (remainder Graces Guide)
Mechanical engineer, Ministry of Railways, China. In group photograph at handing over of first three Class 5 to LMS at Scotswood in April 1935. Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 151.
Jaekel, Francis Hartley
Also known as Patrick. Served an apprenticeship with the LMS; then spent 27 years with the Nigerian Railways, going back to 1938 when it was still a Government Department and he thus a Colonial Service Officer. Career on Nigerian Rail;ways eventually becoming Chief Superintendent (Power). See ILocoE Paper 548 Operation and running maintenance of locomotives on the Nigerian Railways. The History of the Nigerian Railway: Opening the Nation to Sea, Air and Road Transportation (3 volumes published in 1905?). Railway museum in Lagos named after him.
Born in Attercliffe (Yorks) on 21 August 1845; died Tunbridge Wells 23 October 1911. Joined Great Northern Railway and was for six years an assistant locomotive superintendent. In 1871 joined Great Indian Peninsular railway and from 1875 until his retirement in 1891 he was Chief Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent. He was a colonel of the Engineetr and Railway Volunteer Staff Corps; and elected a Member of the IMechE in 1882.
Jameson, Arthur Sampson
Locomotive Superintendent Eastern Bengal State Railway from 1890: retired in 1901. Photograph at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate).
Born 10 April 1885; died 2 April 1948: his early education was obtained at Driffield National & Grammar School and Commercial College, York. Whilst serving his engineering apprenticeship at Kitson & Co. Airedale Foundry, Leeds, between 1900 and 1906, he attended Leeds University where he obtained certificates and diplomas in engineering and construction and design. After a few years in the drawing office he was appointed in 1910 chief draughtsman of the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Department of the Antofagasta & Bolivia Railway, Chile, leaving there in 1918 to become mechanical foreman with the Chili Exploration Co. at Chuquicamata. The following year he was appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent on the Anglo-Chilian Nitrate & Railway Co., Ltd., Tocopilla. Three years later he was made Locomotive Supterintendent, Nitrate Railways, Iquique, under his old chief, David Buttle, and in 1926 Locomotive, Carriage & Wagon Superintendent. In 1932 he joined the Peruvian Corporation as Locomotive Superintendent on the Central Railway of Peru where he introduced oil-fired Sentinel-Cammell railcars with automtic control of steam production (Locomotive Mag, 1935, 41, 110-11). Elected ILocoE member in 1926 (ILocoE obituary). Responsible for use of Beyer Garratt 2-8-2+2-8-2 on Nitrate Railways: see Locomotive Mag., 1926, 32, 171.
Photograph as delegate when Locomotive Superintendent, Bombay, Baroda & Central India Ry. at Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197..
Son of David Jones of Highland Railway and apprenticed at Lochgorm Works. Went to South Africa. see Sinclair, Neil T. Beyond the Highland Railway - Part Two. Backtrack, 2010, 24, 348-51.
Jones William Richard Sumption
Born at Newport, Mon., in 1840, and was educated at a private school; died at Folkestone on 12 April 1908. Served his apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer, he entered in 1860 employment of Joseph Wright and Co., railway-coach builders of Birmingham, and remained with them till 1866, when he became works manager of the Lancaster Railway-Carriage and Wagon Co. After a few months, in 1867 he was selected by the Secretary of State for India to fill the appointment of deputy superintendent of the government workshops at Rurki in the United Province of Agra and Oudh (then known as the North West Provinces). At about that time it had been intended to start building rolling-stock in those workshops for provincial light railways then projected, but not carried out until several years later; and this was the reason for his appointment. When, six years later, the term of his agreement expired, he was retained and was graded as an executive engineer of the Indian Public Works Department. He was stationed at Narora in the same province, and the site of the great dam and headworks of the Lower Ganges Canal, then under construction, where he was put in charge of the Workshops division, and carried out the construction of all the heavy ironwork used in the regulating machinery there installed. He remained in this appointment until the completion of the headworks, when, in April 1879, he was transferred to the Indian State Railways establishment, and posted to the Rajputana State Railway, as Deputy Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, especially to take charge of the completion and equipment of the Central Workshops at Ajmir. In 1880 he was promoted to the post of Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the same railway, which by absorption of other lines in 1883 became the Rajputana-Malwa State Railway, and he remained in the same appointment until his retirement in 1893. Photograph at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate). During his time there the railway increased in length from about 500 miles to 1,500 miles, for which increase he built all the rolling-stock, reducing the tare and increasing the load of the wagons employed. He invented and introduced a system of flexible central buffers and screw-couplers, which was adopted by the Indian Government and made compulsory on all the railways of metre gauge. He was a clever mechanical engineer, strong administrator, able financier, and scientific accountant in workshop expenditure. At the request of the Public Works Department, he revised and recast the whole of the regulations in the P.D.W. code relating to railway expenditure and accounts; and with minor improvements these regulations are still in force. In 1893 he returned to England and settled down in London, where he occupied himself in designing, experimenting, and patenting further improvements in his flexible buffers and automatic couplers, including one for the application to the ordinary hook-and-link system in use in the United Kingdom. He however had not perfected this last invention before his health began to fail in 1904, when he was obliged to give up all work, and to leave London for residence at various health resorts in the hope of obtaining benefit from them. He became a Member of IMechE in 1872, but his only contribution to its Proceedings were some valuable remarks and statistics on J.D. Twinberrow's Paper on The Capacity of Railway Wagons as affecting cost of transport.
Patents (only some?)
GB 13378/1898 Improvements in central buffer and draw gear apparatus for railway and like vehicles. Applied 15 June 1898
GB 2492/1898 Improvements in and relating tocentral buffer and draw gear apparatus for railway and like vehicles. Applied 31 January 1898
GB 217/1897 Improvements in and relating tocentral buffer and draw gear apparatus for railway and like vehicles. Applied 13 November 1897
When G.I. Goring was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the British Guiana Government Railways: A. H. July was Assistant Mechanical Engineer. Loco. Mag., 1933, 39, 269,
Kelly, Arthur Clifton
Born 1876; died 1956. In 1921 was Chief Electrical Engineer Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway. Had began on Great Eastern Railway, Discussion on paper by Gabb see J, Instn Loco. Engrs., 1921, 11, 492
Keyworth, Thomas Egerton
Died in Estoril, Portugal, on 8 December 1946, at the age of eighty-two, was one of the oldest members of the IMeehE, his long association dating back to 1885 when he was elected a Graduate. He was transferred to Membership in 1888. He was educated at Oundle and served a four-years apprenticeship in the boiler making and machine shops of Clayton and Shuttleworth, agricultural engineers, of Lincoln, with whom he continued until 1887 when he went on the firm's behalf to the Argentine, thus beginning a connection, with South America and the West Indies, which lasted to the end of his long professional career. Subsequently he entered the service of the Buenos Ayres and Rosario Railway Co, for whom he was engaged as a fitter, and later as draughtsman. He remained in the Argentine until 1900, during part of which period he was employed by the Buenos Ayres and Pacific Railway Company. He then received the appointment of chief mechanical engineer to the Cuban Central Railways, and held this position until 1917. On the concern's acquisition in that year by the United Railways of Havana, Ltd., he continued to hold office, but in 1921 the complete fusion of the two systems was effected and Keyworth became chief mechanical engineer of the combined railway companies. On his retirement in 1930, after over forty years' service in Argentine and Cuban railways, the title of "Hijo Adoptero" of Sagua, was conferred upon him; he was probably the first Englishman to receive this honour and token of universal regard. Graces Guide and Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 115.
Kimberley, Rupert Ernest
Retired chief mechanical engineer of the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway, died in Argentina on December 1954. He was 74 years of age at the time of his death and had retired in 1945 after almost 38 years railway service. He commenced his engineering career with Messrs Joseph Evans & Sons, of Culwell Foundry, Wolverhampton and later joined the Chief Mechanical Engineers department of the Midland Railway. In 1907, he joined the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway, and after a period of service in the running deparment, became works manager at Alianza. In 1921 he was appointed divisional locomotive superintendent at Mendoza which included the workshops at that point and the Argentine section of the Transandine Railway. Six years later, he was appointed chief mechanical engineer, which a few years later was to include the traction and electrical departments. A founder member of the South American Centre of the Institution, he was chairman during the 1929 and 1930 sessions, and he served as Honorary Treasurer for four years. He was elected as a Member in 1921 but resigned his membership in 1945 when he retired from railway service. ILocoE obituary. Three-cylinder 4-6-4T see Locomotive Mag., 1931, 37, 363.
Kinder, Claude William
Born in Ireland on 10 August 1852; died Churt 9 August 1936. Tutored by his father, later studied railway engineering in St. Petersburg. In 1873 he obtained his first professional appointment as an assistant engineer with Imperial Japanese Railways. In 1878 he was forced to leave Japan because of civil war, he moved to Shanghai where he met Tong King-sing who appointed him as an engineer with the Chinese Engineering and Mining Company at Tangshan near to the ancient walled city of Kaiping. Kinders initial brief was to help with the sinking of coal mine shafts at the new colliery and to construct a railway from the mines to the nearest navigable river. Chinese politics initially prevented the building of this railway and in consequence Kinder surveyed and built a canal for coal barges to operate between the river at Lutai and Hsukochuang (Xugezhuang) from where a short tramway was constructed to Tangshan. The government authority for the tramway had intended that only mules were to be used for hauling coal wagons but Kinder (with Tong King Sing's connivance) secretly constructed a home-built steam locomotive which was christened The Rocket of China, the first steam locomotive ever made in China. From these early beginnings the Kaiping Tramway evolved into Chinas first major railway line and administration known as Imperial Railways of North China and later, after the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, the Peking-Mukden Railway. Kinder served this railway as Engineer-in-Chief for some thirty years until retirement in 1909. In 1900 Kinder was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by the British Government in recognition of his services to the development of railways (and British financial interests) in China. Graces Guide. Who Was Who
Knight, Walter Dingle
Pupil of Drummond at Nine Elms and Eastleigh. In 1904 went to Sudan Government Railways,. in 1907 became Assistant Locomotive Superintendent Egyptian Government Railways and appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer in 1933. See Locomotive Mag., 1933, 39, 251. Retired Loco. RIy Carr. Wagon Rev., 1934, 40, 287. and succeeded by Abdel? Rahman Hamada Bey
Kyte, Gordon William
Born September 1901, received early education at Wimborne and, later, at Cardiff Technical College. In 1918 he became an articled pupil of J. Cameron, Chief Mechanical Erigineer of the Taff Vale Railway. At the termination of his pupilage, he remained for a short period as an improver until called into the drawing office of W. Kyte in 1922. In 1925 he was appointed Draughtsman and Assistant to the Locomotive Works Managerof the Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway at Mejellones, Chile. He left in 1927, and was appointed Assistant Transportation Superintendent (Power) on the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Co. in 1928. He held this appointment up to the time of his decease, which occurred in 1936 at the early age of 35. Obituary J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1936, 26, 655.
Lamb, George Hamish
Born 15 March 1887. Educated Loughborough Grammar School and Nottingham University College. Engineering apprenticeship with Brush Electrical, then served in several electrical concerns. Following military service in WW1 where he saw service on the Mesopotanian Railways untl 1921 he joined the GIPR where he retired as deputy chief mechanical engineer in 1947 and retired to Australia where he died on 24 September 1948. Obituary: J. Instn Loco Engrs, 1948, 38, 862
Langton, John Montague Ellis
Son of John Langton, surgeon at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, was born in 1873 and educated at Westminster from 1887 to 1892 and Trinity College, Cambridge. After studying medicine for a short period he abandoned the medical profession for an engineering career and went to Swindon in 1897 where he received his training under William Dean. After gaining experience in the works and the drawing office at Swindon he left in May 1901 to join the Traffic Department of the North Eastern Railway. Five years later he went to Egypt and was appointed Divisional Locomotive Superintendent, Egyptian State Railways, Sohag, Upper Egypt, where he remained for three years. After holding a similar appointment at Tanta, Lower Egypt, he was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the system, Bulak, Cairo, which position he held for some time. On retirement in 1930 he resided at Liphook, Hants until his wife's death when he moved to London. His death occurred on 4 December 1957. He had been a Member since 1917. Obituary: J. Instn Loco Engrs, 1958, 48, 305.
Former LSWR district locomotive superintendent at Salisbury, appointed assistant locomotive superintendent Bengal Nagpur Ry. Locomotive Mag., 1912, 18, 249
Lloyd, George Wilmot
Born in 1885. Died from cholera at Lucknow on 26 June 1932. Had spent many years in India as locomotive superintendent on various sections of the North Western and East Indian Railways. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and Finsbury Technical College, and commenced his apprenticeship in 1904 at Hyde Park Works of North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow. In 1907 joined Blackstone and Company of Stamford as general draughtsman and remained with them until 1908. He then went to Canada for about four months on construction work which was being carried out by the New Canadian Company of Port Daniel in connexion with the Atlantic Quebec and Western Railway, Gaspé Canada. On return to England in 1909 became personal assistant to E. Bailey-Denton of Westminster for a period of six months. He then joined, in 1910, the GNR at King's Cross as charge-hand fitter in the running sheds. In 1911 Lloyd went to Chile as draughtsman on the Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway. Obitauary Proc. Instn Mech. Engrs., 1932, 122, 730.
London, Cyril Stanford
Born in 1887; died in London on 22 December 1830. Educated at Glasgow High School and Dulwich College, and his technical education at the City and Guild of London Institute and Finsbury Technical College. In 1905 he became a premium apprentice on the North Eastern Railway and was stationed at Darlington Works until 1907, when he was transferred to Gateshead. In 1910 he joined the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway as a draughtsman, but later in that year he was appointed an Assistant Shed Foreman, and a Locomotive Inspector in 1912. He then rose to become Acting Divisional Locomotive Superintendent. He returned to Europe on the outbreak of WW1 and was commissioned in the South Staffs. Regiment. After his return to South America in 1919, he was appointed Works Manager of the Antifagasta and Bolivia Railway at Mejiilones in Chile. Obituary J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1931, 21, 5..
Loubser, Matthys Michiel
Born in Mooreesburg in Western Cape, South Africa on 24 July 1892; died 1957. Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer South African Railways from 1937; Chief between 1939 and 1949. Cited as Dr. Loubser. Reponsible for 0-10-0 shunting locomotive. Aware of work by Stahl, Zeuner and Goss Cox did not meet Loubser until 1961 (Locomotive Panorama Volume 2)
Locomotive boiler design: theory and practice, with E.S. Cox. J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1938, 28, 377-409. Disc.: 409-41. (Paper No. 388)
Appointed assistant locomotive superintendent Tanganyika Railways. Locomotive Mag,, 1937, 43, 267
Luard, Edward Sydney.
Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway: present. Interst in Consolidate Brake & Engineering Co. and tookout patents for vacuum brake.: Photograph at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate).
Born Wolverhampton 2 March 1898; educated at Sydney Grammar School and St. Stanislaus College, Bathurst, and had his early engineering training in New South Wales. Lucy came of an engineering family and. it was through his father's appointment as Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer of the New South Wales Railways that he made hIs first acquaintance with Australia in 1905. In 1916 he entered the Civil Engineering Department of the New South Wales Railways as a Cadet Draughtsman but the following year joined the Government Flying School at Richmond, New South Wales, and later that year was granted the Australian Aero Club's Pilot's Certificate No. 56. In 1918 he came to England and became a cadet in the R.F.C. and obtained his "Wings" a few days before the Armistice. In 1919 he returned to Australia and was appointed draughtsman in the C.M.E. Department of the New South Wales Railways and was engaged on steam locomotives and rolling stock. He became interested in railcars and in 1922 was placed in charge of railcar design. A further two years were spent on design and production of railcars before returning to England to become Senior Draughtsman at Leyland Motors. He spent 1927 to 1929 in a similar position with General Motors Trust Corporation, Michigan, USA. In 1929 he returned to Leyland Motors and held various positions during his ten years with the firm. He resigned in 1939, at which time he held the position of Assistant Chief Engineer. Leyland Motors sent Mr. Lucy to New Zealand in 1936, to act in an advisory capacity to the Government Railways in the design of railcars. He became a member of the Mechanisation Board in September 1939 and left to take up an appointment with Dennis Brothers .as Chief Engineer. in January 1940. He was closely in touch wIth Fighting Vehicle Mechanical Development and was later requested to return to the Ministry in the capacity of Deputy Director F.V.D.D. in August 1943. He occupied this post until April 1944, during which he he was responsible for the design and development of the vanous carriers. He then returned to Dermis Brothers and had business trips to South Africa and America for the firm. Lucy died on 30 September 1949. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1939. J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1949, 39, 584.
Member Institution of Locomotive Engineers: Paper: Some notes on the mechanical aspect of working steam-operated suburban services with particular reference to the Eastern Bengal Railway locals around Calcutta. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1937, 27, 517-40. (Paper No. 372). Photograph by him of "second-hand" suburban motive power: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 46. C. Hamilton Ellis in Four main lines acknowledged MacAulay for informing him that North British Railway painted its Crampton locomotive in tartan livery. He was CME of the Eastern Bengal Railway. Comment on Cartazzi slides see J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1953, 43, 708
Died whilst on leave in England during summer of 1921. He was born on 11 September 1884. He served his apprenticeship at the works of Sharp, Stewart and Co., Glasgow, and passed through all departments. After completing his training he took up an appointment with Kerr, Stuart and Co., Stoke-on-Trent. At a subsequent period he was a draughtsman in the Locomotive Dept. of the Midland Rly. at Derby. In 1910 he was appointed a draughtsman on the G.I.P. Rly. at Parel, subsequently being appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent. He was elected a member of the Institution on the 18 May 1912.
Secretary, Locomotive and Carriage Superintendents' Committee. District Locomotive Superintendent, Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway: in group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Locomotive Carriage & Wagon Superintendent Jamaica Government Railways in 1931 when 0-8-0T imported from Nasmyth Wilson: see Locomotive Mag., 1931, 37, 364; 2-8-2T see Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 33 and 4-8-0 also from Nasmyth Wilson: see Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 170
Appointment of F. J. Mackley, until recently Locomotive Engineer for the North Island Railways, New Zealnd to position with the Atlantic Union Oil Company. Mr. Mackley was born at Port Chalmers in 1873, and received his early education at the Port Chalmers District High School, afterwards becoming a student at Canterbury College, Christchurch. He joined the railway service at Invercargill in 1889, and two years later transferred to the Addington Workshops to complete his apprenticeship, and, at the same time, take advantage of the training offered to young engineers at the School of Engineering at Canterbury College, under Professor Robert Julian Scott, who trained many of New Zealand's most prominent engineers. Later Mackley began to obtain experience in other parts of the Dominion, and in 1897 he was transferred to Greymouth, where the railways were being extended rapidly. In 1905, Mackley was moved to Westport and twelve months later he returned to Addington, where the Class A and Class X compound locomotives, designed by A.L. Beattie, Chief Mechanical Engineer, were under construction. Mackley was, in 1913, appointed inspector of Westinghouse brakes for the South Island and a year later received a similar appointment and was attached to the Chief Mechanical Engineer's office for the North Island. A further appointment and promotion came in 1918 when he was made workshops manager at Napier, and, in 1921, was appointed assistant locomotive engineer for the Wellington section. In the same year he became engineer for Westland, with headquarters at Greymouth, but after only a few months there he received further promotion to the position of locomotive engineer at Auckland. With the reorganisation of the Dominion's railways, Mackley was appointed locomotive engineer for the North Island with headquarters at Auckland. When the South African War broke out Mackley left the New Zealand with the Fourth Contingent, and remained with the forces during their stay in the field. On his return to New Zealand he was selected as one of the members of the New Zealand contingent which attended the coronation of King Edward in London. Mackley invented several important devices, which have been patented. One automatically applying the Westinghouse brakes on trains on which derailments occur. His most important experiments, however, have been concerned with the use of coal gas under pressure, for lighting railway cars. Internet. Photograph: Locomotive Mag., 1927, 33, 118
Born 3 June 1881 at Godalming; died 1972 on Isle of Wight. Educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. Apprenticed London and South Western Railway locomotive works, 1904-7. Locomotive engineer, Ceylon Government Railway, 1913-19; Locomotive and Steamer Superintendent, Trinidad Government Railway, 1919-23; Chief Mechanical Engineer (and manager, 1930-3), Sierra Leone Government Railway, 1923-33; retired. Mainly off Internet, but based on printed sources
Manico, Edward Leslie
Formerly Deputy Chief Operating Supt., North Western Rly., Lahore, had retired in 1945 after 32 years. Appointed Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer in 1934 (Locomotive Mag., 1934, 40, 287). Died 13 February 1967 at Towersey, Oxfordshire
Educated at Haileybury College and Folkestone Technical College, and, after going through the shops of Palmers Shipbuilding Works and R.W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co., Ltd., became an Inspector with Rendel, Palmer & Tritton. In December, 1901, he went to India as Assistant Locomotive Superintendent on the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway, and was promoted to the position of Deputy Locomotive Superintendent of that Railway in 1920, which post he held until his retirement on 3 October 1930. Aged 52, he died on the 9 November 1930. ILocoE obituary. .In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Assistant locomotive superintendent appointed assistant (terchnical) locomotive department Tanganyika Railways. Locomotive Mag,, 1937, 43, 267
Mayne, James George
Born 29 July 1880; died 3 February 1949. His early education was received at Rainings School, Inverness, and then at Edinburgh Royal High School, and Heriot Watt Technical College. His engineering apprenticeship was served with the Rose St. Foundry and Engineering Co., Inverness, who did work for the Highland Railway Co. On completion of his apprenticeship he joined Andrew Barclay, Sons and Co., Kilrnarnock, as an improver , but left three years later on the appointment of assistant mechanical engineer with the Lautaro Nitrate Co., of Taltal, Chili. The next three years he spent as assistant locomotive superintendent of the Cuban Central Railways and from 1909 to 1912 was locomotive superintendent of the Western Railway of Havana. For one year he was manager of Havana Dry Dock and Repair Co. before being appointed locomotive superintendent of the Bolivian section of the Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway Co. in November 1913. On the departure of H. A. Harrison, C.M.E. of the Chilian Section, to join H.M. Forces at the end of 1915, Mayne became C.M.E. of both sections until 1919 when he joined Percy Grant and Co., of Buenos Ayres, becoming managing director of the local branch in 1925. In 1920 he co-operated with M.F. Ryan, in inaugurating the South American Centre of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers. He was its first hon. secretary and was greatly responsible for its success. He served as chairman for the year 1931/32 and again for 1933/34. For his services to the local centre extending over many years he was made an honorary life member in 1945. He came to England in April 1948 and resided with his son in Yorkshire. J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1949, 39, 111.
Locomotive Superintendent Natal Government Railway. Introduced 4-8-2Ts, built by Dübs in 1888. Backtrack, 2008, 22, 686.
Locomotive Superintendent of the Tao Ching Rly for the fifteen years previous to 1936 and had retired. He had joined the North British Railway in March 1877 and left for China in 1893. He intended to remain in China at Shan-Han Kwan. Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 144
Mollett, John Donald
Joined Institution of Locomotive Engineers 1919 (obituary Journal 1936, 26, 656), was a Member of the Committee of the Indian and Eastern Centre. Born in July, 1886, and educated at Congleton and Wesley College, Sheffield, he received his engineering training in the locomotive workshops of the North Eastern Railway, at Darlington, from 1904 to 1907 and for three years afterwards was in the outside machinery department. On appointment to the Indian State Railways, in January, 1911, as an Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, he was posted to the North-Western Railway. He was working as District Locomotive Superintendent at the outbreak of WW1 and in 1915 he went to East Africa with the Indian Expeditionary Force with the rank of Lieutenant, being promoted later to Captain, in the Corps of Royal Engineers; he was in charge of various railway work, including the Voi Military Railway and the German Railway Workshops at Dar-es-Salaam. His military services were acknowledged by the award of the Military Cross. Returning to the North-Western Railway after demobilisation, he was employed as District Locomotive Superintendent, being promoted later to Divisional Superintendent, Quetta. Subsequently he held the posts of Superintendent of Mechanical Workshops, Moghalpura; Deputy Agent, Organisation, under the Pope Committee, and for a short period as Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer. He was promoted to Chief Mechanical Engineer of the North-Western Railway in March, 1936, and held that post until his death in September, 1936.
Mullick, Ajit Kumar
Died 7 December 1962; born 1907: educated at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and the Leys School, Cambridge. Served pupilage under R.E.L. Maunsell, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway, joined the former Eastern Bengal Railway as an Assistant Locomotive Superintendent. During WW2 was commissioned in the Indian Engineers’ Corps and served as an Assistant Technical Recruiting Officer in Calcutta. On the formation of the Defence of India Corps, he was seconded to that establishment as second-in-command of the Bengal Assam Railway Group in which formation he attained the rank of Major. At time of Indian partition, he was serving as Works Manager, Saidpur on the Bengal-Assam Railway and was transferred as Works Manager (C. & W.) to Kanchrapara. After serving in various capacities as a Deputy CME on the Bengal Assam and East Indian Railways, he was appointed CME of the Northern Railway in 1952 and in 1956 transferred in the same capacity to the Eastern Railway. In 1960 Mullick was appointed Senior Deputy General Manager, S.E. Railway. Obituary: J. Instn Loco Engrs, 1963, 53, 134-5.
Nightingale, Wilfrid Andrew
Probably Doncaster trained then moved to India
Noble, Ernest Charles
Death on 14 September 1952 in Argentina; born in India in 1874 and went to England at early age. He was educated in Swindon and received his engineering training at the Swindon Works of the GWR from 1884 to 1891 and in 1900 joined the North Western Uruguay Railway Co. as Foreman Boilermaker. In 1905 he joined the Entre Rios Railway Co. and served in various capacities until 1916 when he acted as Chief Mechanical Engineer. He later became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Entre Rios and Argentine North Eastern Railways and at the time of his retirement he occupied the position of Assistant General Manager. Retirement from railway service did not, however, mean the end of his active career, as on taking up residence in Buenos Aires he undertook the duties bf assessor to Lloyds. During WW2 he was employed on duties in shipping circles for the British Government and it is probable that the exacting work this entailed undermined his health and resulted in his final illness. He was at all times a kind and considerate man, liked and respected by all who knew him and his loss will be keenly felt by a large section of the British Community and by many Argentine friends. He had been a semi-invalid for some time before his death. He was one of the original members of the late South. American Centre Committee in 1920 and was Chairman of the Centre in 1926. Patented system for pneumatic tyred railcars: Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 262. He read three papers before the Institution:-
1926-Garratt locomotives in use on the Entre Rios and N.E.
1926-Ferry steamers in use on the Entre Rios and N. E. Argentine
1936-The economics of locomotive engineering.
He had been a Member since 1917. ILocoE obituary
Born 23 March 1901. Eastleigh trained. Chief draughtsman East Indian Railway. See letter Locomomtive Mag., 1906, 12, 180
Norman, Charles Edward
Born at Southampton, England on 31 December 1854 the third son of Captain William Norman (1812-69) commander of HMS Victoria who died whilst visiting England for the purpose of bringing out HMS Cerberus. Arriving in Victoria in May 1855, Charles was educated at Williamstown Grammar School and later Scotch College (1864); after his father’s death he was appointed in the railways as an engineering pupil on 21 February 1870 under Thomas Higinbotham then engineer-in-chief. Working his way up through the ranks of the engineering department during a time of rapid development of the railway network, Norman became chief engineer of existing lines (1893-1909) and was closely involved in the construction of Flinders Street Station (1905-10). In 1909 he was appointed a Railway Commissioner (1909-20) later serving as chairman (1915-20) succeeding W.F. Fitzpatrick in April 1915 where he oversaw the first stages of electrifying the suburban lines, notably the Sandringham-Essendon passenger line (May 1919) being the first in Australia; and had the difficult task of administering the department through the strain and stress of the war years in the face of rising costs and transportation troubles caused by maritime strikes. A member of the Victorian Institute of Civil Engineers, after his retirement in September 1920 he accepted the position of director of the Silverton Tramway Co., succeeding Duncan McBryde on his death in November. At the time of his death on 28 March 1922 aged 67, the president of the Australian Railways Union (Vic. Branch) not always inclined to single out praise was moved to pay tribute saying “he earned the deep respect of everyone in the service. While he was in office he always gave the men a fair deal. Though one of his characteristics was his bluntness we recognised him as honest and sincere, and his aim was always to reach finality in any outstanding matter as quickly as possible…his name will always be revered by the men of the railways service”. Fellow railway commissioner C. Miscamble said "he was beloved by all who knew him. His record of fair dealing was one of which any man might be proud. He was a fine administrator, and a born leader of men, inspiring everyone by his example to do their utmost in public service". Google search
Norrish, Leslie Barnett
Former chief mechanical engineer of the Central Uruguay Railway. Active in affairs of ILocoE in both South America and on return to Britain. In 1950s joined Self Priming Pump & Engineering Ltd.
Oakes, Francis Edward
Appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer Sudan Railways in 1933; (had served there since at least 1925: ILocoE rercords). See Locomotive Mag., 1933, 39, 251.
Otway-Ruthven, Thomas Ormonde Bermingham
Born 12 February 1872; died in Worthing on 11 March 1931. Early member ILocoE formerly chief mechanical engineer of the Nigerian Ry. Otway-Ruthven commenced his railway career on the L.B. & S.C. Ry. See Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1931, 37, 143. Brian Reed listed T.O'B Otway-Ruthven as a Crewe apprentice from 1889-93. It is possible that both are correct. He designed a powerful 2-8-2 for the Nigerian Railways (see J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1926, 16, 658) and Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 374.
Page, Frederick James
Born in 1877. He died on 20 December, 1932, as a result of a motor accident. He served his apprenticeship with the Great Northern Railway at Peterborough, on the completion of which he entered the Works of Kitson and Co., of Leeds, as a mechanic, but returned very shortly to the Great Northern Railway as a Chargeman and Relieving Foreman in the Running Shed at Grantham. In 1902 he was appointed Locomotive Carriage and Wagon Works Manager of the South Indian Railway at Negapatam, which post he held until 1906 when he was appointed District Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent of the Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway, subsequently being made Deputy Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent. In 1910 he became Locomotive Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Broad Gauge section at Bombay, and in 1929 Director of Mechanical Engineering to the Railway Board of India. In 1932 he returned to England on leave prior to his retirement, and at the same time was appointed a Director of H.E.H. Nizam's State Railway. He was actively interested in the affairs of the Institute in India, and was Chairman of the Centre in 1930. I Loco E obituary (23, 159-60). Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1933, 39, 29.
Carriage & Wagon Superintendent, North Western State Railway appointed Locomotivet, Carriage & Wagon Superintendent, Oude & Rohilkhand Railway Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 23. Also in group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1. Acknowledgement for assistance in preparing series on locomotives of Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 149
Born in Birmingham in 1843; educated at King Edward's Grammar School, Birmingham. After serving his time 1850-60 in the railway carriage and wagon works of Brown Marshalls and Co. at Saltley, he was sent out to India in 1861 to assist his elder brother Robert Webb Pearce (below) in the carriage and wagon department of the East Indian Railway at Howrah, Calcutta. In 1867 he was appointed assistant carriage superintendent; and on his brother's death in 1889 he succeeded him as carriage and wagon superintendent of the railway. Failing eye-sight resulting from kidney disease led to him being invalided home in 1898; and whilst on a visit to his younger sons in Glasgow he died from apoplexy on 5 August 1898 at the age of fifty-five. He became a Member of IMechE in 1873. Photographed at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag.,1925, 31, 133 (plate). .
Pearce, Robert Webb
Born Macclesfield on 11 November 1831, educated at the local grammar school. Apprenticed to Brown Marshalls & Co., in New Canal Street, Birmingham, and afterwards at their new Britannia Carriage Works, Saltley. Passing through the shops he became confidential assistant and chief of the drawing office. In 1855 he was offered and accepted the post of carriage and wagon superintendent of the East Indian Railway, and left England in December 1855; but finding his position not what he expected, he would have left the railway and started wagon-building works in India. He was persuaded however to remain, and afterwards had independent charge of the carriage and wagon department from Howrah to Delhi and Jubbulpore, about 1,500 miles of line. The large works at Howrah were designed and built under his superintendence, employing at the busiest time from three to four thousand local workmen, all trained under him. The whole of the East Indian Railway stock has been built or erected at the Howrah works, together with a great portion of the stock in use by the metre-gauge railways. His designs were copied throughout India, and he was the first to introduce iron instead of wood for the panels and framing of carriages and wagons. He was also the first to recognise the value of oil as a lubricant for railway vehicles, instead of grease; and his design of an axle-box for oil and cotton waste became almost universally adopted in India. He nearly doubled the carrying power of the old wagon stock, by increasing the size of axle and journal ; and, had he lived, would shortly have completed his design of 18 feet by 9 feet iron covered goods wagon, weighing 7 tons and carrying 15 tons, a gross load of 22 tons on two axles with 43 inch journals ; paying load more than 2 to 1. The improvements he introduced into railway carriages and wagons were so numerous and so important that he has been called the father of carriage and wagon building in India, and is looked upon in this light by the natives. His long residence in the tropical climate of Bengal, and his disinclination to take leave of absence during thirteen years with scarcely a day's holiday, and his constant application to work, eventually told on a fine constitution. A few years ago he was attacked with malarious fever, from which he never quite recovered ; and in April 1888 he took furlough to England, but too late to shake off the effects of climate ; and he died at West Kensington, London, on 26 July 1889.
Chief Draftsman of the New Zealand Railways had become interested in valve gears. In 1885 he had invented a valve gear of his own, and it was tried out on a V engine. Pearson, however, recognised the defects of his gear and did not persevere with it. He had, however, the satisfaction, years after, of seeing this gear re-invented and patented, about 1913, in America, where for some years it had a considerable vogue under the name of the Southern gear. NZ Patent 6826/1896 fire grate
Peckitt, Reginald Godfrey
Born on 4 April 1868 at Carlton Husthwaite, Yorkshire; died on 19 January 1934 and buried in Darlington. . Educated at King William's College and Oxford University. Presumably pupil on North Eastern Railway, then South Mahratta Railway in India, then Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer Egyptian State Railways and eventually CME. Attended ILocoE dinners and contributed to discussions at meetings. Patents:
GB 17444/1907 Improvements in and connected with railway and other trucks or vehicles for the transport of timber and similar goods. with Walter Reuben Preston
GB 177,893 Impriovements in or relating to railway vehicles. 13 April 1922
Madras Railway. Photographed at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 11925, 31, 133 (plate). .
Pinchen, Denis Bowen Hase
Water softening expert see Paper 404
Plummer, Stephen Norton
Elected a Member of ILocoE in 1926. Born at Tunbridge Wells on 25 November 1890. Educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School (Skinners' Company) from 1900 to 1907, when he commenced his engineering apprenticeship in the locomotive shops of the L.B. and S.C. Rly., at Brighton. On completing his time in 1912 he joined the North East Argentine Rly. Co. at Monte Casceos Works, becoming successively Assistant Running Shed Superintendent at Corrientes, Running Shed Superintendent at Avear. In July 1915, he joined the Buenos A\ires Western as Assistant District Locomotive Superintendent at Mechita and later was made District Locomotive Superintendent. In July 1937, under the re-organising scheme arising from the joint working of the B.A\. Southern and B.A. Western Rlys., he became chiet of the Technical Traction Office at Plaza Constitucion Station. He died in Buenos Aires at the British Hospital on 25 November 1940, after a long and painful illness.
Poole, Arthur John
In 1921 was Assistant Chief Draughtsman Buenos Aires Western Railway: extensive literary output including papers on locomotive smokeboxes (ILocoE Paper 288) and boiler proportions (ILocoE Paper 352)
Born in Albany, Western Australia, in 1892, the son of a railwayman, and took an interest in railway matters from an early age. He began his engineering training as a junior machinist at Geraldton in 1908 and in 1909 was indentured to the fitting trade at the Midland Junction Shops to complete his apprenticeship. During WW1 joined Vickers Ltd., and gained wide experience at Barrow-in-Furness, not only in the manufacture of munitions but also in the fields of hydraulic press and marine engineering, including submarine construction for the Royal Navy. Afterwards Raynes travelled in America gaining much experience with the Studebaker Motor Co., the United Broach & Machine Co., and the Kelsey Wheel Co. He returned to Australia in 1920 and immediately introduced improved methods into the Western Australian Railway workshops, notably a special machine for screwing roof stays out of Belpaire fireboxes which earned him a special bonus. He occupied various positions in the works until R.N. Johnston retired in 1940 when he was appointed to succeed him as Workshops Manager, which position he held until his death on 17 May 1949. Raynes was elected an Associate Member ILocoE in 1937 . Obituary J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1949, 39, 585.
Died 23 October 1926 at Bridgtown, Barbados. Born Jamestown, Scotland in 1869. Early education at Renton and Bonhill Public Schools. From 1884-88 was apprentice boiler maker at Dalmonach Works, Bonhill, Scotland. Then joined New York Central Railroad in locomotive department from 1889-1901. He then went to the machine shops of the Delaware and Hudson RR at Green Island for two years, and then for three years was master mechanic at the Central Vermont RR shops, Brattleboro. In 1906 appointed locomotive superintendent of the Northern Railroad of Costa Rica, but relinquished position to serve with British Army in France, 1918-19. Next appointment was Divisional Locomotive Superintendent, Cuban Central Railway, from 1920-21, after which he became the Railway Lubrication Service Engineer of the Galena Signal Oil in the Argentine. In 1924 he resigned to resume old post with Northern RR of Costa Rica, but serious illness on voyage there caused him to retire from active work and return to Bonhill. On regaining strength he rejoined the Galena Signal Oil., but in a few months his illness re-occurred and forced him to give up work: he died in Barbados whilst en route to Costa Rica.
Renwick, Henry Percival
Born London in 1889. Died 24 October 1958. Educated St Olave's Grammar School. Apprenticed on SECR at Longhedge. Went to India in 1912 to work on Nizam's State Railway. See ILocoE papers 130 and 320.. Obit. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1958, 48, 420
Photograph as delegate when Locomotive Superintendent, South Indian Ry. at Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197..
Worked on Great Western of Brazil Railway. Produced train rating diagrams published by the Locomotive Publishing Co.
The Emu Bay Railway chief mechanical engineer was A. Richardson with headquarters at Burnie, . Locomotive Mag., 1922, 28, 323.
Apprentice at Lochgorm Works from 1909. Served with the Lovat Scouts during WW1; following which he moved to St. Rollox on the Caledonian Railway. In 1921 he became assistant locomotive superintendent on the Mesopotanian Railway, and became works manager at the Stalchiyah Works in Baghdad. In 1939 he left to work for the British Ministry of Supply in Canada. He retired to Ireland. see Sinclair, Neil T. Beyond the Highland Railway - Part Two. Backtrack, 2010, 24, 348-51..
Noted that he was succeeded by R.J. Chalmers as CME Queensland Government Railways. Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 303
Locomotive Superintendent, Rohilkund-Kumaon Ry. See group photograph as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197.
Many years in locomotive department of South Australian Railways. Criticised in public (newspaper) for failure to adopt superheating: resigned when Webb put in charge: Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 138
Born 12 February 1872; died in Worthing on 11 March 1931. Early member ILocoE. Chief Mechanical Engineer of Nigerian Railway. Designer of three-cylinder 4-8-2 built by Vulcan Foundry (See Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 374)
Saksena, Shyam L. (Saxsena)
GIPR; active in Bombay section. Cited by Tester on p. 38 and refers to discussion on Paper on hornblocks and this led to paper on air conditioning
Sarjant, Samuel John
Locomotive superintendent, GIPR from 1901? to 1915 see Locomotive Mag., 1913, 19, 3 and long contribution to Hitchcock's IMechE paper on Indian standard locomotives. Photograph as Conference Chairman with delegates to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197.
Sandiford, Charles Thomas
Locomotive Superintendent of Scinde, Punjab, and Delhi Railway: in 1883; North Western State Railway from 1886. Retired in 1899. CB in 1903. Developed two cylinder and four-cylinder compound locomotives (described in I. Mech E paper). Gairns. Photographed at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate).
Born on 26 April 1869; died in Montevideo on 12 November 1939. Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Central Uruguay Railway for 32 years and lived in Montevideo. Educated in Parkstone, Dorset, and entered the Great Western Railway Locomotive Works at Swindon in 1885 as a premium apprentice under William Dean. On completion of his experience with the GWR in 1890, he obtained an appointment with the Central Uruguay Railway, supervising equipment of locomotives and rolling stock, subsequently being made Assistant to, the Locomotive Superintendent. Eight years later he was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer, which post he retained until his retirement in 1930. Sedgfield was elected a member of the ILocoE in 1920 and for some years served on the local council of the South American Centre, being elected Chairman in 1924. He was a generous contributor to. the South American discussions and read two papers before the centre as follow, both of which received awards :- In 1922, Paper 127 Continuous Brakes with reference to use on Goods Trains," published in Journal 56; and In 1927 Paper 219 Some Notes on Unexplained Derailments, published in Journal 82. Holder of Patent GB 24310/1909 Improvements in or connected with fall-over stanchions for doors of railway wagons and like vehicles.with Walter Reubens Preston. Published 20 October 1910
Charles de Segundo, Frederick.
Born London in 1900. Died 9 October 1931. Joined Royal Air Force as cadet pilot in October 1918, but demobilized in January 1919, and after a few months study became an assistant master at a preparatory school. In July 1920 he became a pupil of Gresley in the locomotive department of the Great Northern Railway at Doncaster. After further experience in the running department of the company he went to South America in 1926 as assistant district locomotive superintendent on the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway. He was eventually obliged to return to England on sick leave, and owing to continued ill-health was unable to return to Buenos Ayres. . Obitauary Proc. Instn Mech. Engrs., 1932, 122, 735.
Sells, Martin Perronet
Died on 25 April 1955, was trained in the works of the North British Locomotive Co. Ltd. from 1907 to 1912 and gained experience on the London and South Western and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways. He served on military railways in the first World War, being twice mentioned in dispatches, and was commissioned in the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in 1919: he used the title Major Sells. After some years of service with the Tanganyika and Gold Coast Government Railways he was appointed in 1926 as Chief Mechanical Engineer, Nigerian Railway, becoming General Manager in 1937, being shortly afterwards appointed as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Rhodesia Railways. He retired in 1946 and returned to Britain and resided in Reigate until his death. He was the author of what became a large book on locomotives. He had been a Member of ILocoE since 1921 (ILocoE obituary). See also 4-6-2+2-6-4 Beyer Garratt: Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 32. and ambitious rebuilding of locomotives see Locomotive Mag., 1935, 41, 140-3
Chief Mechanical Engineer Victorian Railways (Australia), formerly Assistant to and succeeded Woodroffe in 1912. See Locomotive Mag., 1912, 18, 230,
Locomotive, Carriage & Wagon Supt.; Darjeeling-Himlayan Ry. Loco. Mag., 1940, 46, 302
Shea, Frederick James
Frederick James Shea was born on 6 July 1891 at Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, third of nine children of Victorian (State)-born parents Frederick Shea, compositor, and his wife Ellen, née Crofts. Fred won a scholarship to the Melbourne Continuation School where he developed his technical abilities and skill in mathematics and physics. In 1907 he was apprenticed as a fitter and turner in the Victorian Railways' workshops in Newport. After obtaining a diploma in mechanical engineering (1914) at the Working Men's College, he moved to head office as an engineering-assistant and worked under (Sir) Harold Clapp and A.E. Smith. During his sixteen years with the Victorian Railways he contributed to electrification, modern workshop methods and the railway engineering-defence connection. On 21 October 1916 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Hawthorn, he married Eileen Marjorie Smythe (d.1951). In 1923 Clapp recommended Shea to the chief commissioner of South Australian Railways, W.A. Webb, who was planning to modernize the State's rail system. As chief mechanical engineer (1923-39), Shea oversaw the transformation of the S.A.R. Initially, he overhauled the Islington workshops and tool-room. He then designed three types of locomotivesthe 4-8-2 Mountain 500 class, the 4-6-2 Pacific 600 class and the 2-8-2 Mikado 700 class and supervised their construction (overseas and later at Islington) and adapted them to local conditions. These designs earned him a reputation as a big power man. For nearly thirty years (from 1924) he was an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps, Citizen Military Forces. He also served (1932) on a committee of inquiry into the Adelaide Electric Supply Co. Ltd. World War II extended Shea's career. His mentor, Clapp, general manager (from 1939) of Commonwealth aircraft production, asked him to help with the Bristol Beaufort bomber project. Following the formation of the Aircraft Production Commission under Essington Lewis, Shea managed (1940-41)from his base at Fishermens Bend, Melbournethe vast network of government and commercial workshops that comprised the Beaufort division. He was responsible for converting much of Australian industry to a war footing. From January 1942 he was director of aircraft maintenance, Department of Aircraft Production. Augmenting his professional roles with a number of honorary consultancies in government and semi-government service, he published (in 1934) 'The Modern Dynamometer Car' in the Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and (in 1946) 'The Case for the Iron Horse' in the Journal of the Institute of Transport. Towards the end of the war Clapp, by then director-general of land transport, again called on Shea. He needed a chief mechanical engineer to implement the Commonwealth government's proposal to standardize Australia's railway gauges. Shea joined the venture as director of mechanical engineering in the railway standardization division. Once back in railway work, however, he attracted the attention of the Clyde Engineering Co. Pty Ltd which, in association with General Motors Corporation, was manufacturing locomotives at Granville, Sydney. He worked for that company as director of engineering from 1946 until his retirement in 1958, after which he continued as a consultant to the firm. A Clyde-Maybach diesel hydraulic locomotive was named the F.J. Shea in his honour. Shea's life was driven by his energy. A slim youth of middle height who filled out in later life, he was known as a fast mover, talker and thinker. He loved Gilbert and Sullivan, and relaxed by listening to records of their operettas and by copious reading, especially about the engineering feats of ancient civilizations. His daughter Betty remembered him as a generous and kind man 'with an unquenchable sense of humour' and as one who was so 'totally absorbed in his work' that he 'did not have much time for sport or hobbies'. On the job he was a rigorous perfectionist and a stickler for detail. As a manager these attributes sometimes made him a hard taskmaster and a grim, rather awesome colleague. In retirement Shea lived at Clareville Beach. He died on 6 September 1970 at Mona Vale and was buried in Northern Suburbs cemetery. Carol Fort in Australian Dictionary of Biography,
Born in Osaka on 20 May 1901; died 18 March 1998. Educated at Tokyo Imperial University, where he studied engineering. Shima joined the Japanese Government Railways in 1925, where, as a rolling-stock engineer, he designed steam locomotives; adopting new techniques for balancing the driving wheels and new valve gear, he helped design Japan's first 3-cylinder locomotive Class C53 based on the Class C52 imported from USA. The Hachiko Line derailment on 25 February 1947 which led to a 184 deaths and 495 injuries was due to excessive speed and fire in the derailed wooden coaches. The JGR used this to obtain permission from the American Occupying Regime to replace them with steel vehicles within a few years. Shima was involved in the design and development of the Class C62 and Class D62 steam locomotives for express passenger and heavy-duty freight trains, respectively. In 1955 became involved in the first Shinkansen line and its rolling stock capable of routine high speed operation. In 1969, Shima began a second career, becoming the head of the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), where he pushed the development of hydrogen engines to power rockets. He retired in 1977. Hideo Shima was honored by the Government of Japan when the Emperor presented him with the Order of Cultural Merit. As one of the most prominent engineers in post-war Japan, he has also been awarded numerous international prizes and honors, including the Elmer A. Sperry Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the James Watt International Medal (Gold) by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Mainly Wikipedia: 2014-05.
Shortt, Henry Gregson
Member ILocoE. Joint author with H.H. Spalding on locomotive fuel economy
Shove, Norman Arthur
Elected member ILocoE in 1923, received early education at Coife Grammar School, Blackheath, after which he served a five-year pupilage in the St. Rollox Locomotive Works of the Caledonian Railway in Glasgow, and remained with the Caledonian Railway for a further three years in order to gain running shed and extended drawing office experience. Early in 1910 he proceeded to India upon appointment as Assistant Locomotive Superintendent on the East Indian Railway, and soon after the outbreak of WW1 obtained a commission in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers, proceeding upon military duty attached to the 32nd Sikh Pioneers. After return to railway duty in 1919, Shove held various appointments on the East Indian Railway and latterly officiated both as Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer responsible for the running maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock, and as Deputy Chief Operating Superintendent in control of power and rolling stock. His contribution to the proceedings of the Institution was Paper 220 read in London in 1927 when home on leave, entitled Grease Lubrication and Notes on the Working of Locomotives in Canada and the United States.. Shove saw service in France, Mesopotamia, Palestine and Waziristan, being wounded twice, once in France and again in Palestine, the first of these wounds being ultimately responsible for his death on 16 June, 1935, at the early age of 49 years. At the time of his death he was in command of the 2nd Battalion East Indian Railway Regiment, A.F.(I.), with the rank of Major, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel. He was awarded the Volunteer Officers' Decoration in 1924, and was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Transport.
Advisory engineer to South African Railways. report on cattle trucks. Locomotive Mag, 1918, 24, 172
Simmons, George Stanley
Chief mechanical engineer Gold Coast Railway: see mention Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 217 and Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 343 for 4-8-2 locomotives
Sketch, F. G.
Age: 63. Career: South African Rlys.; S. American Rlys.; Chief Engr., Entre Rios Rlys., 1914-20; Chief Engr., United Rlys. of Havana, 1920-25; Asst. General Manager, United Rlys. of Havana, 1925-30.
Slaughter, Edward W.
Smith, Alfred E.
Introduced the S class three-cylinder 4-6-2 on the Victorial Railways (see Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 178) Chief Mechanical Engineer of Victorian Railways in 1920s and 1930s. S class were streamlined in 1937 and hauled the Spirit of Progress between Melbourne and Albury at high speed (by Australian standards)
Smith, Allison D.
Locomotive superintendent at Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1877
Smith, Joseph George
Elected ILocoE Member in 1921, when he was a District Locomotive Superintendent on the Ceylon Government Railways. Born London in 1885; served his apprenticeship at Nine Elms, the Locomotive Works of the LSWR under Dugald Drummond. At the same time attended the Battersea Polytechnic, studying Machine Construction and Drawing and Mathematics. Two years after finishing his time he was made chargeman of the valve setters and four years later, that was in 1912, accepted an appointment as Locomotive Foreman with the Ceylon Government Railways. He very soon gained promotion, being made District Locomotive Superintendent in 1916, at Colombo, and in 1924 became Assistant Divisional Transportation Superintendent. He was Acting Assistant General Manager (Operating) in 1927 and confirmed in the appointment in 1928. He was appointed Divisional Transportation Superintendent in 1931 and from November, 1933, to July, 1934, was Acting Deputy General Manager (Operating). He retired in 1940 and returned to England, becoming an active member of the Home Guard. He died suddenly on 3 July 1941. Obit: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1934, 44, 341-2.
Appointed Locomotive Superintendent Cyprus Government Railways in succession to Day. Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 45
Smyth, William Addison
Born in Dublin in 1902. Pupil of W.H. Morton at Broadstone from 1920. Moved to Ceylon in 1929 where he became Deputy Mechanical Engineer in 1931 and Mechanical Engineer in 1935. Implemented a diesel traction policy.
Shepherd, Ernie. The Atock/Attock family: a worldwide railway engineering dynasty. 2009. 264pp. (Oakwood Library of Railway History No. 150). NB Patent found on Espacenet
Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, Eastern Bengal Railway at Kanchrapara. Author of Fuel economy in connection with the working and management of locomotives (Eastern Bengal Railway Fuel Manual) with R.C. Case and N.R. Shortt, Published by Eastern Bengal Railway Press, 1928. Photograph albums held by India Office Library
Spurgeon, Christopher Edward
Born in 1879 and educated at Aldenham School and University College, London. Served apprenticeship at Swindon works of the Great Western Railway, from 1895 to 1902. His services were retained in the drawing office. He went to India in 1904 and began his long connexion with the North Western Railway with the post of assistant locomotive superintendent. He was appointed district locomotive superintendent in 1909 and subsequently acted as workshop superintendent. After holding the appointment of chief mechanical engineer for eight years he relinquished this position in 1934 When Deputy Locomotive Superintendent,in group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1. He mooved to Egypt to take up a similar appointment with the State Railways. See Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 66 for advanced 2-6-0 type supplied by North British Locomotive Co. In 1937 he became deputy general manager, and retired from the service ten years later. On returning to England he became consulting engineer to the Egyptian State Railways. Spurgeon, who was appointed C.B.E. for his services to the British Forces during the 1939-45 war, was elected a Member of the IMechE in 1920. Died on 5 October 1951
Stoyle, Herbert Bliss [or Blin?]
Assitant Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Kenya & Uganda Railway during 1930s
Strahan, Kenneth Cyprian
Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Kenya & Uganda Railway during 1930s and responsible for introducing large Beyer Garratts.
Sturgeon, William Ambrose
Born in Gillingham, Kent, in 1868. His father took him to Buenos Aires when a small child, and he was educated at a "Scotch" school, situated at that time in Calle Peru. He served his Engineering Apprenticeship on the B.A. & Great Southern Railway from 1883 to 1889, finishing up in the Drawing Office. For a time he was Assistant Inspector of Vacuum Brakes, Water & Gas, and left in 1890 to take up a similar post on the B.A. Western Railway. In 1894 he was made Superintendent of all outside Locomotive Depots with Headquarters at Bragado. At the end of 1908 he was transferred to Haedo as Assistant Chief Mecanico y Traccion and in 1923 was made Assistant Mechanical Engineer-in-Chief at Liniers, which post he held until his retirement in 1927 after 45 years’ continuous railway service. He died in Buenos Aires on 28 December 1936. Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1937, 27, 581.
Tarleton, Robert Alexander
Born 20 October 1893, elected an Associate Member of Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1921 (obituary Journal, 1936, 26, 834), received his early education at Grove Academy, and his technical education at Dundee Technical College, and Herriot Watt College. His engineering apprenticeship was served with the Lilybank Foundry, Dundee, from 1909 to 1913, on completion of which he entered the drawing office. At the outbreak of WW1 he joined up, being commissioned in the R.G.A. from which he later transferred to the R.F.C. On being dernobilised in 1920 he entered the drawing office of the North British Railway. In 1921 he was appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent on the Jodhpur-Bikaner Rly., and on the separation of the line under two States he remained in Jodhpur. At the time of his death which occurred on 16 November 1936, in a flying accident, he was acting Locomotive Superintendent.
Acting Locomotive & Carriage Superintendent, Madras & S.M. Ry.: In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Tomes, William Jameson
Born in 1866, and on the completion of a two years' training in the London drawing office of Head, Wrightson and Company, Ltd., from 1881 to 1883, he entered the works of the London and South Western Railway at Nine Elms, where he gained further experience in the shops and test room. He received his first appointment in 1892 when he was made assistant works manager of the locomotive department. After holding this position for five years, he was for a few months an inspector on the staff of Sir A. M. Rendel, consulting engineer. In 1897 he began his long connection with the East Indian Railways with his appointment as district locomotive superintendent, and two years later was made works manager. In 1910 he became deputy locomotive superintendent and subsequently was appointed chief mechanical engineer, a position he retained until his retirement in 1923. Tomes had a long association with the Volunteer Force; he was a recipient of the Volunteer Officers' Decoration, and commanded a battalion of the East Indian Railways Regiment, Indian Defence Force, retiring in 1923 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He had been a Corporate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for over fifty years, having been elected an Associate Member in 1893, and transferred to Membership in 1911. He died on 8 July 1944. Joined George Turton, Platts & Co. Ltd. as joint London Manager of Sheffield supplier of spring steels and forgings; formerly Locomotive Superintendent East Indian Railway. See Locomotive Mag., 1924, 30, 380 In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Second locomotive superintendent of Indian Midland Railway (from 1900). See Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 355-7.
Venner, William Sydney
Appointed CME Sierra Leone Government Railways in 1940 (Loco. Mag., 1940, 46, 294). Elected Member IMechE in 1929. Awarded CMG in 1956 probably died in same year. Wrote report on railways in Sierra Leone.
Wardale joined British Rail in 1967 as a mechanical engineering sandwich course student, graduating from Portsmouth Polytechnic with First Class Honours in 1971. He then worked for BR until leaving in 1973 for the South African Railways to follow his vocation of steam locomotive engineering. Working in the steam locomotive section of the SAR's CME's department from 1974 to 1983, he constantly promoted proposals for making improvements to the existing steam fleet to enhance its performance and efficiency. The Oil Crisis of 1978 provided impetus to put these proposals into practice, and for the next five years he worked almost exclusively on all aspects of steam locomotive development, including design, inspection, tuning-up, testing, and putting modified locomotives into regular service. A number of projects involving a variety of classes, from branch line engines to large mainline 4-8-4's and 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 Garratts, was completed, the most notable being the extensive rebuilding of 25NC Class 4-8-4 No. 3450, the famous The Red Devil, so named because of its bright red livery after rebuilding. This locomotive demonstrated significant advances in performance and efficiency compared to standard SAR steam practice, but the work came at a time when the phasing out of steam traction had already reached an advanced stage, and was too late to stop it continuing. Wardale therefore left the SAR to join the American Coal Enterprises' (ACE) team in the USA in 1984, charged with developing classical Stephensonian steam traction for export to developing railways. Unfortunately ACE failed to secure its start-up capital, but in 1985 Wardale was part of a small delegation from the UK invited to China by the Chinese National Railways to discuss improving its QJ Class heavy freight 2-10-2's, which were then still being manufactured. As a result of this he became the Technical Consultant to the Datong Locomotive Factory in 1986, and produced the full design for the necessary modifications to this class. However this work also came too late, for during the course of the 3-year contract at Datong the Chinese Railways' policy changed from one of continued reliance on steam traction to one of phasing it out as quickly as possible. Although the design work was completed it was therefore not possible to put it into practice, practical work being limited to a certain amount of component testing. Wardale left Datong in 1989 and has since, amongst other pursuits, written a critically acclaimed book, The Red Devil and Other Tales from the Age of Steam, describing his work on steam locomotives in South Africa, America and China. David completed the Fundamental Design Calculations for the 5AT in 2005 and continues to support the project with technical advice. He lives in semi-retirement in Scotland. Off Internet 2013-08-13. See also Rly Wld, 1990, 51, 46
Watson, Allan Griffiths
Born Hopetown, Cape Province in 1876. Died in Cape Town on 13 November 1945. Chief Mechanical Engineer, South African Railways & Harbours. Educated South Africa College and began apprenticeship at Beaufort Works in 1894, but in 1895 went to Hyde Park Works in Glasgow and Glasgow Technical College. Returned to Southern Africa in 1900 rejoining the Cape Government Railways at Springfontein. In 1901 he was appointed temporary acting district locomotive superintendent at Naauwpoort. Between 1902 and 1910 was chief draughtsman at Uitenhage. In 1910, when the railways were united to form South African Railways & Harbours Watson was appointed assistant superintendent (mechanical) at Kimberley. In 1914-15 he was on active service in South West Africa in the S African Engineering Corps, returning to Kimberley until 1922 when he was appointed mechanical engineer at Uitenhage works. In 1926 he was appointed to the same position at Durban works where he designed and built some low-cost double-englned railcars for branch-line work. On 1 April 1928 he was appointed assistant CME at Pretoria and on 1 April 1929 succeeded Lt Col L. Collins as CME of the entire South African Rs & Harbours (see Locomotive, 1929, 35, 186). He introduced water-softening plants for the Karoo Cape Midlands and SW African systems, modernized works with improved layouts, machinery and buildings, and established the construction of rolling stock in the Administration's own works. He introduced three standard locomotive boilers and developed several large locomotive types including the 15E class 4-8-2 (see Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 133) and the 16E class 4-6-2 for main line work, and the 19B and 19C 4-8-2, 20 class 2-8-2 and 21 class 2-10-4 for branch line service on 45 and 60lb/yd rails. He retired in 1936. Marshall.
Wedderburn, D. St. C.
Deputy Locomotive Superintendent., East Indian Ry. Photograph as delegate to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197. Appointed Locomotive Superintendent. in 1909 see Locomotive Mag., 1909, 15, 22..
Wegener, William Frederick
Chief Mechanical Engineer Federated Malay States Railway from late 1937 (promoted from Assistant CME to CME Locomotive Mag., 1937, 43, 267) until about 1950: appears to have avoided internment as in Army in Ceylon in 1943. General Manager Union Carriage & Wagon Co. in Transvaal in mid-1950s. Interesting 4-6-4T with rotary cam poppet valves. Locomotive Mag., 1939, 45, 302
Werry, William Charles
Of Bendigo in Australia, and possibly an engine drivers invented a locomotive with bevel gear drive; possible interest by Armstrong Whitworth: see Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 208.
Appointed Assistant Locomotive Ceylon Government Railways,formerly with Midland Railway. Locomotive Mag., 1917, 23, 76
Born at Foulby near Wakefield on 21 December 1819 and died in Sydney, Australia on 20 February 1898. He was articled to his cousin William Billinton (note Marshall, probably incorrectly stated "Billington") who was involved in waterworks for Wakefield. In 1846 he went to work for Hawkshaw on the Leeds & Manchester Railway and in 1848 he became an assistant engineer to John Fowler on the eastern section of the Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway. In 1852 he was appointed engineer of the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway. In March 1856 he was appointed Engineer-in-chief of the New South Wales Government Railways. He was responsible for engineering the great trunk routes to coonect Sydney with Albury to connect with the railways in Victoria (Whitton would have chosen a common 5ft 3in gauge, but was defeated on this; a route towards Queensland. The Great Zig Zag was one of his many achievements. Michael R. Bailey in Chrimes.
Whitty, Irwine John
Born in Kilrush, Co. Clare on 18 June 1839; died in Bristol on 22 February 1913. Engineer of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Educated Queen's College, Cork. Served pupilage with P.R. Roddy on construction of Cork and Limerick lines. 1863 joined staff of East India Railway and served for 16 years in its development. In 1879 appointed chief engineer for construction of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on completion of which he joined the staff of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway. Retired 1889 as executive engineer. Marshall.
Became CME Great India Peninsular Railway in 1932; formerly Deputy CME: Loco Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1932, 38, 103.
Photograph as Conference Secretary with delegates to Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197...
Williams, George Francis
Born in August, 1880, received his early education at Colchester. At the age of 16 he entered the service of the GER at Colchester locomotive running shed, and remained there until 1903, when he was engaged as a driver on the Madras Rly. Soon after 1908, when the railway became the Madras and Southern Mahratta, he was made a locomotive foreman and, later, a locomotive inspector. In 1929 he was appointed Acting Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, and, in 1932, Assistant Transportation Superintendent (Power), which post he held up to the time of his decease, which took place in Madras at the age of 55.
Locomotive Superintendent of Selangor Government Railways in 1899. See Locomotive Mag., 1899, 4, 120-1
Appointed chief mechanical engineer, Nigerian Rys. (Locomotive Mag., 1937, 43, 401). After serving as an apprentice with A. Barclay, Sons & Co. Ltd. of Kilmarnock, for five years, spending the last year in the drawing office, Mr Wilson was appointed assistant works manager. After serving in the Army, he returned to Barclays until 1920, when he was placed in the expenditure control department of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd. In November 1923 he was appointed assistant locomotive officer of the Nigerian Rys., as assistant works manager of the shops at Ebute Metta. In 1925 he became works manager and in 1929 assistant chief mechanical engineer
Woodroffe, Thomas T.
Chief Mechanical Engineer Victorian Railways (Australia): retired 1912. See Locomotive Mag., 1912, 18, 230,
Wrench, John Mervyn Dallas
Born in April 1883; died on 31 August 1961. Trained in locomotive engineering at the Swindon Works of the Great Western Railway. In 1906 he entered the service of the Indian State Railways and after being in charge of various districts he became Deputy Locomotive Superintendent and ultimately Locomotive Superintendent. During the WW1 he was in Military Service in Mesopotamia with the rank of Major in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers, after which he returned to India in 1923 as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway with headquarters in Bombay. After occupying this position for several years he was appointed in 1929 to the position of Chief Controller of Standards of the Railway Board and was also, for a time, the Member Engineering of the Board. His most noteworthy work was undertaken during his tenure of office as Chief Controller of Standards and he was responsible for coordinating the designs of locomotives, carriages and wagons for all the railways in India. These designs were also adopted by the Burma Railways. A number of new designs were prepared to meet the requirements for greater power which the rapid development of the Indian Railways then called for. He was the first Chairman of the Indian & Eastern Centre of the ILocoE: opening Address. He was made a Companion of the Indian Empire in 1929 and retired from India in 1940 and for some time acted in a consultative capacity on locomotive matters to the Ministry of Supply. He had been a Member since 1923. ILocoE obituary. In group photograph (p. 153) see Locomotive Mag., 1923, 29, 150-1.
Wrench, Thomas William
Born on 13 September 1881; died 6 April, 1922 shot in his office at Lahore by a fanatic. He was mechanically trained on the Great Western Railway at Swindon and Wolverhampton. Probably brother of above. From May 1903 until April 1911, he was acting as an Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, North-Western Railway, India. In April 1911 he was appointed a District Superintendent on the Indian State Railways. From May 1911 to August 1911 he was Officiating Deputy Locomotive Superintendent at Lucknow. From then to 1918 he was acting as a Works Manager and officiating as Deputy Locomotive Superintendent on the North-Western Railway. He mas elected a Member of. the ILocoE on 14 October 1919.
Bhavnagar Gondal Railway. Photographed at Lahore Locomotive Superintendent's Conference in Lahore in 1892: Locomotive Mag., 1925, 31, 133 (plate).
Yates, Louis Edmund Hasselts
In 1896 IMechE membership list as Member since 1881 and then District Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, Eastern Bengal State Railway, Saidpore, Bengal, India:. Photograph as delegate when Locomotive Superintendent., North Western Ry at Indian Railway Conference in 1908 Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 197... .
Retired after 39 years' service. on 31 December 1949, from the position of Managing Director of The Superheater Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd., but occupied the position of Deputy Chairman thereafter. Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1949, 55, 191.
Chief Mechanical Engineer responsible for attractive steamlined C38 Pacific class on New South Wales Government Railways (retired when aged 66 at end of 1950 Sydney newspaper archive) and was presumably involved in acquiring AD60 Beyer Garratts: see Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1952, 58, 137..
Retired from the position of Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Royal State Railways of Siam in 1933, went out to the East in 1909 as Superintendent of the Bangkok Tramways, and joined the Siamese State Railways in 1912, as personal assistant to the' C.M.E. Appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer in 1924, Mr. Zachariae was responsible for the introduction into Siam of three-cylinder engines, Caprotti valve gear, Garratt locomotives, and finally Diesel traction, while the reconstruction and extension of the Makasan shops to serve a system of 3,000 krn., in place of the 750 km. for which it was originally built, was also carried out under his direction. See Locomotive Mag., 1933, 39, 269.