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Thomas James Bailey

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Thomas James Bailey ( -1881)

1881 Obituary [1]

MR. THOMAS JAMES BAILEY commenced his professional career as a Civil Engineer in 1653, under Mr. Marcus Smith, M. Inst. C.E., who was then Chief Engineer of the Hamilton and Toronto railway.

He was subsequently employed on the London and Port Stanley line, and for several years on the Great Western railway of Canada.

In 1866 he was engaged on canal surveys -under the American Government, and in 1869 on drainage surveys by the Ontario Government.

He was then for three years on the Atlantic and Great Western railroad, first in Cleveland, Ohio, in charge of extensive works, and next on other parts of the same line in Pennsylvania and New York States.

When this work was finished he had full charge of and built the Union and Titusville railway, through the oil regions in Pennsylvania. Returning to Canada, he had charge of the construction of a section of the Toronto, Grey, and Bruce narrow-gauge railway, then of the Credit Valley railway as Resident Engineer, and again was employed on the Canadian Pacific railway in 1875, and on many of the Government surveys in Canada. Lastly, in 1877, he was appointed Engineer of the Public Works Department, Prince Edward Island. Although naturally of a retiring disposition, by those with whom he associated he was beloved, while by the department he served he was greatly esteemed.

He died suddenly at Charlotte-town on the 6th of June, 1881, having only been elected an Associate Member of this Institution on the 7th of December of the previous year.

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