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Charles O'Keefe Mackay

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Charles O'Keefe Mackay (1845-1901)

1901 Obituary [1]

CHARLES O'KEEFE MACKAY was born in Edinburgh on 16th November 1845, and was educated at Edinburgh High School.

In 1862 he was articled to Mr. William Hurst, locomotive engineer to the North. British Railway, at St. Margaret's Works hi Edinburgh.

After five years' apprenticeship he went as draughtsman to Messrs. Dubs and Co., of Glasgow, after which he assisted Mr. D. K. Clark in the inspection and valuation of the roiling stock of the Caledonian Railway.

He subsequently joined the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co. in 1868, Mr. William Hurst having in the meantime succeeded to the post of locomotive engineer to that company.

He remained as Outdoor Locomotive Superintendent until the date of his decease, which took place at his residence in Horwich, on 29th May 1901, in his fifty-sixth year. During his thirty-three years of service there were many improvements in the rolling stock of the company with which he was prominently connected, the chief of these being the introduction of the vacuum automatic brake.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1892.

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