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Alexander Lauder Hogg

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Alexander Lauder Hogg (1845-1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

ALESAKDER LAUDER HOGG, born at Inverness on the l7th December, 1845, received his education at the local academy and served his apprenticeship to the late Mr. William Paterson of Inverness.

On completing his articles, he was employed for a short period on the staff of the Caledonian Railway; and in 1870 he left for the United States, where for several years he was engaged as Resident and as Chief Engineer on the survey and construction of railways in various States. Canada having at that time entered upon a period of considerable railway expansion, Mr. Hogg decided to seek employment in that country, and in 1876 he took charge of the location and construction of part of the Midland Grand Trunk line. Subsequently he was placed in charge of the Rocky Mountain and Eastern Divisions of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the final location of which, in the difficult Rocky Mountain region, was carried out by him in a very satisfactory manner. The snow-sheds, erected to protect the line against snow-slides in the Selkirks, were designed by Mr. Hogg, and were generally admitted to serve their purpose admirably.

Shortly after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Mr. Hogg returned to England and obtained the appointment of Engineer to the City of Birmingham Tramways Company.

Latterly his health began to fail, and he died in Birmingham on the 17th October, 1906, aged 60.

Mr. Hogg married in 1885 the youngest daughter of the late Mr. George Rhind, Architect, of Inverness.

He was elected a Member of The Institution on the 6th April, 1866.

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