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James Chatburn Madeley

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James Chatburn Madeley (1840-1910)

1871 Birth of son James Welby Madeley

1910 Obituary [1]

JAMES CHATBURN MADELEY, born at Moss-side, near Manchester, on the 17th November, 1840, died at Guildford on the 29th January, 1910.

He served his pupilage to the late Sir James Brunlees, Past-President, who later sent him out to Brazil as an assistant engineer, under Mr. D. M. Fox, on the Construction of the Sao Paulo Railway, where he was engaged on the famous inclined planes at the Serra do Mar, and remained until the opening of the line in February, 1867.

He was then employed as Engineer on the survey and construction of a projected interoceanic railway in Spanish Honduras, subsequently abandoned for lack of funds, and Engineer and superintendent of the Portdegre and New Hamburg Railway, Brazil.

Resigning this appointment in 1885, he returned to England and afterwards travelled abroad. After fulfilling an engagement as Engineer to the Lake Copais Drainage Company, he in 1892 rejoined the shff of the Sao Paulo Railway as Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent to the Company, carrying out many important improvements and extensions.

He retired in 1897, and spent his remaining years in England. Mr. Madeley was an engineer of considerable experience and ability, very painstaking in all he undertook, thoroughly reliable and high principled, and devoted to his profession.

He was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 6th December, 1870, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 19th February, 1878.

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