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William Frederick Gibbons

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William Frederick Gibbons (1870-1951)


1952 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM FREDERICK GIBBONS throughout his career was in railway service as a locomotive engineer. He served a pupilage at the Longhedge works of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, from 1887 to 1891, and during the next two years was employed in the drawing office and as locomotive inspector. He was then made locomotive foreman and held this position until 1900 when he went to South Africa and joined the staff of the Beira and Mashonaland Railway. On the completion of five years' service as locomotive, carriage, and wagon superintendent he was engaged on inspection of locomotive building at Messrs. Baldwin's works in the United States. This was followed by another brief appointment as assistant chief mechanical engineer to the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway, Argentina, before going to India in 1912 to take up the appointment of works superintendent to the Bengal-Nagpur Railway. Subsequently he became chief mechanical engineer, a position he retained until his retirement in 1925. Mr. Gibbons, whose death occurred on 16th June 1951 at the age of eighty-one, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1904."


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