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Bowman Malcolm

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Bowman Malcolm (1854-1933), Locomotive Superintendent, Belfast and Northern Counties Railway, Belfast.

1933 Obituary [1]

BOWMAN MALCOLM was for over fifty years connected with the Northern Counties Railway, Belfast, and at the time of his retirement in 1922 he held the position of chief engineer.

He was born at Chester in 1854 and in 1870 he became a pupil under the late Mr. Edward Leigh, M.I.Mech.E., and subsequently under Mr. Robert Findlay, whom he succeeded as locomotive engineer when only 22 years of age. He carried out important extensions of the Northern Counties system and the County Donegal Joint Railway. He was one of the pioneers of the compound locomotive, but from 1914 favoured simple engines with superheat. He also introduced the first Ross "pop" valve.

One of his outstanding achievements was the construction of the bridge over the River Balm at Coleraine.

Mr. Malcolm had been a Member of the Institution for over fifty-three years, having been elected in 1879, and he served on the Council during the years 1916 to 1920. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

His death occurred at his home at Ashley Park, Belfast, on 3rd January 1933.

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