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Peter Forrest

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Peter Forrest (1872-1921)

1922 Obituary [1]

PETER FORREST was born at Shotts, Lanarkshire, in 1872, and was educated at Ayr Academy.

He served an apprenticeship in the shops of Messrs. Dubs and Co., Glasgow, from 1890 to 1896, and studied during the same period at the West of Scotland Technical College.

Then followed a year in the running shed of the Caledonian Railway Co. at Edinburgh, after which he superintended the erection of machinery and working of plant for. Messrs. R. McAlpine and Sons, contractors for the West Highland Railway extension from Banair to Mallaig.

In 1898 he joined the staff of Messrs. Price and Reeves, of Westminster, and was engaged upon the construction of various railways, being responsible for the maintenance and running of the plant, among which may be mentioned the Whitechapel and Bow Railway, the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway, also the Rotherhithe Tunnel under the River Thames, and the Alexandra Dock, Bombay.

On the completion of the latter work he joined the staff of Messrs. Topham, Jones and Railton.

His death took place on 12th August 1921, at the age of forty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1902.

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