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Alexander William Sutherland Graeme

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Alexander William Sutherland Graeme (c1881-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"ALEXANDER WILLIAM SUTHERLAND GRAEME was a locomotive engineer throughout his professional career, the greater Part being spent in the Malay States. He was educated at Malvern College and the Durham College of Science, Newcastle upon Tyne. After serving his time in the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway, from 1902 to 1905, he continued in the service of the company as a junior draughtsman for a few months.

He then filled positions as assistant foreman in the steam shed at Rugby, and as locomotive foreman for the West Cumberland district. In 1907 he was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent to the Great North of Scotland Railway at Aberdeen, and later was in charge of the road motor services, with responsibility for electrical and mechanical appliances, as well as train illumination. After short appointments as works manager and later as deputy locomotive superintendent at the Inverurie works he left the company's service in 1915 and proceeded to Malaya, where he took up the appointment of deputy locomotive superintendent to the State Railways. He became chief mechanical engineer eight years later, with responsibility for the maintenance of the mechanical side of a system comprising more than 1,000 miles of track. He took the first railway through to Siam. Mr. Graeme held this appointment until his retirement in 1937. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1910, and was transferred to Membership in 1927.

His death occurred in London on Christmas Day 1949, in his sixty-eighth year."

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