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Benjamin Samuel Fisher

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Benjamin Samuel Fisher (1836-1883)

1884 Obituary [1]

BENJAMIN SAMUEL FISHER was born on 31st August 1836, at Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

He first worked as a pupil for two years with Mr. John Hayes of Stony Stratford, and was then apprenticed for three years at the Vulcan Foundry, near Warrington.

He then entered the employment of the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, and in 1860 went to the shops of the London and North Western Railway at Wolverton.

In January 1862 he went to India, as assistant locomotive superintendent under the late Mr. George Anderson on the Bombay Baroda and Central Indian Railway.

In 1865 he returned, having completed his engagement, and became locomotive superintendent of the Sirhowy Railway, where he remained until the spring of 1870.

He then became locomotive superintendent of the Taff Vale Railway; and about the end of 1873 he received the appointment of locomotive superintendent to the Somerset and Dorset Railway; this post he retained till his death, which took place at Burnham on 28th April 1883, at the age of forty-six, from gangrene in the foot through a poisoned corn.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1871.

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