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Charles Bergeron

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Charles Bergeron (1808-1883)

1884 Obituary [1]

CHARLES BERGERON was born in 1808, and entered the Ecole Polytechnique in 1828, and in 1830 the Ecole d'Application at Metz. He then quitted the government service, and turned his attention to private industrial enterprise.

From 1834 to 1840 he took an active part in laying out and constructing the Rive-de-Gier Canals and other canals of the Rhone district.

In 1816 he was on the engineering staff of the St. Etienne and Lyons Railway, having previously made trials of steel rails on seine lines about 1842.

In 1846 he became engineer-in-chief of the Paris and Versailles line on the left bank of the Seine. He had charge of constructing the line from Mantes to Mezidon; then, quitting the Western Railway of France, he undertook the working of the Western Railway of Switzerland.

Afterwards he engaged in the construction of cheap railways in France, including that from Belleville to Beaujeu (Rhone).

In 1875 he was appointed engineering representative in England of the French railways, having previously drawn up several important reports, particularly in 1865, respecting various professional visits he had paid to England.

His death took place in Switzerland on 25th August 1883, at the age of seventy-five.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1879.

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