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Richard Henry Dickinson

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Richard Henry Dickinson (c1855-1943)

1944 Obituary [1]

RICHARD HENRY DICKINSON, whose death occurred at Birmingham on 3rd August 1943, at the age of eighty-eight, was one of the oldest members of the Institution, having been elected in 1892. His apprenticeship was served in the locomotive shops of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, from 1870 to 1875, and also with Messrs. Hamer and Giles, of Northwich.

Subsequently he joined Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Company, Ltd., and was employed as chargeman in the erecting shops, but after some eighteen months he returned to the service of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, and later was placed in charge of the running sheds at Corn-brook. In 1884 he received an appointment as locomotive engineer to the Birmingham Central Tramways Company, and began an association with road traction in that city, which lasted for fully forty years.

Later he became works superintendent; and on the acquisition of the undertaking by the Corporation Mr. Dickinson was appointed chief engineer, a position he filled until his retirement in 1927.

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