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Charles Henry Shortt

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Charles Henry Shortt (1852-1914)

1915 Obituary [1]

CHARLES HENRY SHORTT, born on the 12th February, 1853, at Inverness, died on the 5th January, 1915.

Educated at Inverness, he was articled to the late Mr. George G. Mackay.

In 1873 he joined the staff of Sir John Hawkshaw, but left him in 1874 to undertake railway and parliamentary work for Mr. (now Sir) James Szlumper.

In 1875 he entered the service of the London and South Western Railway, becoming head of the Drawing Office in 1882.

In 1887 he was appointed Chief Assistant to the Resident Engineer, the late Mr. E. Andrews, and became Assistant Engineer to the Company in 1891, which position he occupied until his retirement in 1914, the Chief Engineer during the latter half of this period being the late Mr. J. W. Jacomb-Hood.

Mr. Shortt was largely responsible for the various schemes of engineering works proposed and carried out by the Company, amongst which may be mentioned the Exmouth and Salterton, Amesbury, Holsworthy, Bude and Bulford lines, the new carriage shops and locomotive works at Eastleigh, Salisbury Station reconstruction, and several widenings. He was also closely associated with the Waterloo Station enlargement. He was a recognized authority on parliamentary procedure in reference to Private Bills, and his advice in promotion and opposition was much valued.

Mr. Shortt was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 1st May, 1877, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 28th March, 1893.

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