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Benjamin Frederick Wright

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Benjamin Frederick Wright (1845-1888)

1888 Obituary [1][2]

. . . . In 1862 he entered the service of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company, under the late William Martley, M. Inst. C.E., as a mechanical draughtsman at the Longhedge Works, Battersea.

At the end of 1863 he was appointed District Locomotive Superintendent at Chatham, and subsequently, in 1867, held a similar office at Dover, where he remained for ten years, at the end of which time he joined the South Eastern Railway Company as District Locomotive Superintendent at Tonbridge under Mr. A. M. Watkin.

In the spring of 1878 Mr. Wright was appointed, on the recommendation of Mr. W. Pole, M. Inst. C.E., to the post of Locomotive Superintendent and Mechanical Engineer of the South Section of the Imperial Government Railways of Japan. . . . [more]

1888 Obituary [3]

BENJAMIN FREDERICK WRIGHT was born in London on 21st March 1845, and after being educated at the Grammar School, Great Crosby, near Liverpool, entered in 1860 the locomotive department of the Great Western Railway at Birmingham, under his brother Mr. T. H. Wright.

In 1862 he went into the drawing office of the London Chatham and Dover Railway at Battersea under Mr. William Martley, being afterwards stationed at Chatham and later at Dover in charge of the out-door locomotive departments.

He next went to the South Eastern Railway at Tunbridge under Mr. A. M. Watkin.

In March 1878 he left England for Japan, to take the superintendence of the locomotive, carriage, and wagon department of the Tokio section of the Imperial Railways of Japan, in which position he hod a very successful career for upwards of ten years.

His death took place at Kobe, Japan, on 13th February 1888, in the forty-third year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1881.

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