Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Arthur Norton

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Arthur Norton (c1869-1949)


1950 Obituary [1]

"ARTHUR NORTON was an Associate Member of the Institution for over half a century, having been elected in 1897. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, and served his apprenticeship with the Ashbury Railway Carriage and Wagon Co, of Manchester, and Messrs. Neilson and Company, Ltd., locomotive builders, of Glasgow, from 1886 to 1890.

Subsequently he received an appointment on the inspection staff of the late Sir A. M. Rendel, consulting engineer, Westminster, and was put in charge of the building of locomotives and other rolling stock.

In 1897 he joined the firm of Messrs. Brown Bayley's Steel Works, Ltd., of Sheffield, and began a connection which lasted until his retirement after thirty-four years' service. After acting for a number of years as the firm's representative at Birmingham for the Midland area he was appointed, in 1915, to the head office at Sheffield, with control of the output of all tramway materials, as well as railway laminated and other types of springs. Mr. Norton served on a special committee of the British Engineering Standards Association with reference to the standardization of tramway tyres and axles, and was largely instrumental in effecting the reduction of tyre sections from fifty to three standard widths. His death occurred at Crawley, Sussex, on 19th July 1949, in his eightieth year."


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