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John Rawlins

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John Rawlins (1836-1898) of the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co

1898 Obituary [1]

JOHN RAWLINS was born at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, on 15th November 1836.

In 1851 he entered the railway carriage and wagon works of Messrs. Johnson and Kinder at Bromsgrove, passing through the usual routine of shops and offices.

In 1856, after the business had been removed to Oldbury, near Birmingham, he became head draughtsman and chief assistant to the general manager, Mr. William Stableford (Proceedings 1887, page 277).

In 1866 he was appointed deputy manager of the Metropolitan Railway-Carriage and Wagon Works, Saltley; in 1871, on the retirement of Mr. Henry Brown (Proceedings 1892, page 98), he succeeded him as general manager; and in 1896 he was elected upon the board of directors as managing director.

He possessed a thorough knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of the business of building railway carriages and wagons.

His death took place at his residence at Erdington near Birmingham on 22nd May 1898 at the age of sixty-one, after an illness of only three days.

He because a Member of this Institution in 1872.

1898 Obituary [2]

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