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1859. Steam boilers.

Thomas Hunt (1813-1898)

Of Egerton Mount, Heaton Chapel, London; and Crewe.

Railway and mechanical engineer.

Started engine driving in 1833.

1856 Locomotive Department of the London and North Western Railway

1896 May. Died

1898 Obituary [1]

THOMAS HUNT was born about 1816.

In an early period of his career he was connected with the Dublin and Kingstown Railway; and at another time bad charge of locomotives on the Grand Junction Railway.

He was works manager at the Crewe locomotive works under Mr. Francis Trevithick till 1857, and afterwards under Mr. John Ramsbottom until 1860.

In 1858 he read a paper on a new construction of railway spring (Proceedings, page 160), in which the plates were more or less separated from one another with a view to greater freedom of action and more equable support of the load.

From 1861 to 1864 he was locomotive superintendent of the Tudela and Bilbao Railway in Spain.

In 1865-6 he was at the North of England Railway Carriage Works, Preston; and from 1872 to 1875 in Sheffield.

From 1878 to 1890 he was with Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Co., Gorton Foundry, Manchester, for whom he went abroad on several occasions; and in later years he was a director of this firm.

His death took place on 27th May 1896 at the age of seventy-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1856.

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