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Charles Robert Atkinson

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Charles Robert Atkinson (1826-1889)

1890 Obituary [1]

. . . . appointed one of the Resident Engineers during the construction of the Midland Great Western Railway between Dublin and Galway. He had charge of the large iron bridge built over the River Shannon, at Athlone, which was then one of the most important bridges constructed in Ireland.

Upon the completion of this work, he was employed by William Le Fanu, engineer to the Kilkenny Junction, Waterford and Tramore Railways, &c.

During the greater portion of this engagement Mr Atkinson acted as Resident Engineer on the construction of the Waterford and Tramore line, the works of which he carried out most satisfactorily.

During the years 1854 and 1855 he had charge of some important contracts for the late William Dargan. On their completion he went to India as a Civil Engineer of the first class, in the service of the Honourable East India Company, but, owing to the Mutiny breaking out, he was obliged to return home in 1857.

On reaching Ireland he was appointed Resident Engineer of the Sligo extension of the Midland Great Western Railway, having 20 miles of that line under his charge, including the construction of Sligo Station. After the opening of the line to Sligo, he was appointed Resident Engineer on the River Fergus Reclamation- works, where several thousands of acres have been won from the sea.

During 1864 and 1865 he was employed preparing surveys, &c., for a railway beween Kilrush and Kilkee. In 1866 he was appointed Chief Engineer on the Ulster Railway, and . . . [more]

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