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George Broughall

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George Broughall (c1872-1928)

1928 Obituary [1]

GEORGE BROUGHALL, who was prominently associated with the preparation of estimates, designs, and specifications for the electrification of the London and North Western and North London Railways, had an extensive experience of electrical engineering.

He was apprenticed with Messrs. Elwell Parker and the Manchester and District Edison Electric Light Company, and afterwards became engineer-in-charge of the Altrincham Electric Company's generating station. He supervised the carrying out of the electricity supply undertakings for Ashton-under-Lyne, Eccles, and other corporations, and in 1899 supervised the erection of power stations at Leicester, Nottingham, and Annesley in connexion with the lighting of the London extension of the Great Central Railway.

During the following ten years he was chief assistant to Messrs. Lacy, Sillar and Leigh of Westminster, by whom he was taken into partnership in 1909.

In 1910 he joined the Chief Electrical Engineer's staff of the London and North Western Railway.

In 1918 he was appointed assistant electrical engineer to the company, and on the formation of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway took the position of indoor assistant electrical engineer.

Mr. Broughall, who died on 9th April 1928, was 56 years of age and had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1909.

1929 Obituary [2]

GEORGE BROUGHALL was born at Beckbury, Salop, in 1871 and was educated at Worfield Grammar School and Mason's Science College, Birmingham.

From 1888 to 1890 he was a pupil, first in the Elwell Parker Dynamo Works, and later of the Manchester and District Electric Light Co. After several years' experience as their outdoor engineer, he became, in 1894, the first engineer of the Altrincham Electric Supply Co., the initial generating plant for steam and producer gas being laid down at this time.

After representing Messrs. Fawcus and Clirehugh, consulting engineers, in connection with the construction of the Ashton-under-Lyne and Eccles stations, he served as resident engineer during the construction of the five power stations erected by Railway Lighting, Ltd., for the Great Central Railway.

From 1900 to 1909 he was chief assistant to Messrs. Lacey and Sillar, Westminster, becoming a partner in 1909. During this period the firm carried out tramway and lighting schemes in all parts of the country.

In 1911 he joined the London and North Western Railway as chief technical assistant to the electrical engineer. In this capacity he was responsible for the estimates, specifications and installation of the company's suburban electrification from Watford to Broad Street and Earl's Court, with its generating station at Stonebridge Park and some 100 miles of track.

In 1918 he was appointed assistant electrical engineer and, on the formation of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, became successively assistant electrical engineer (Southern Division) and in 1925 assistant electrical engineer (indoor). This position he held at the time of his death, which occurred on the 9th April, 1928, after a long illness.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1900 and a Member in 1908.

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