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Charles Reboul Sacre (1831-1889) was an English engineer, Engineer and Superintendent of the Locomotive and Stores Department of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.

1831 September 4th. Born

1859 Charles Sacre, Locomotive Superintendent, Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.[1]

Samuel Waite Johnson was his assistant between 1859 and 1864.

Sacre retired in 1886 and committed suicide by shooting himself, reputedly due to the Penistone rail crash of 1884. Massey Bromley, a locomotive superintendent for the Great Eastern Railway 1878-1881, died in the Penistone crash.

1889 August 3rd. Died.


1889 Obituary [2]

CHARLES REBOUL SACRE was born in London on the 4th of September, 1831.

At the age of fifteen he was articled to Archibald Sturrock of the Great Western Railway.

After serving his time he was engaged in a responsible position upon the Great Northern Railway as Manager, first of the Boston, and afterwards of the Peterborough Works of that Company.

He next became Chief Engineer of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, and was besides connected with the South Yorkshire Railway, the Cheshire Lines Committee, and the Humber Conservancy, also the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway. During his many years’ service in these capacities, he was continually engaged as Engineer of the various new works in connection therewith, and took no mean part in giving evidence for Parliamentary Committees. His engineering ability, with his acknowledged common sense in all matters of moment, gained him a considerable reputation.

The results in respect to the working expenses of the Locomotive, Carriage and Permanent Way Department under his control showed notable success; this gained for him the good feeling of the directors and shareholders of the railway company, owing to the savings effected.

Mr. Sacre retired from the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway some few years ago, but was retained as the Company’s Consulting Engineer, and was engaged by several other railway companies to give evidence in connection with parliamentary arbitration and other matters. His kind feeling, manner, and good judgment have been suitably acknowledged from time to time in his various positions by the testimonials that have been presented to him by his friends.

He died on the 3rd of August, 1889.

Mr. Sacre was elected a Member of the Institution on the 8th of January, 1867.


1889 Obituary [3]

CHARLES REBOUL SACRE, was born in London on 4th September 1831, and at the age of fifteen was an articled pupil under Mr. Archibald Sturrock upon the Great Western Railway.

After serving his time he occupied a responsible position upon the Great Northern Railway at Boston and Peterborough.

He was next engaged as chief engineer upon the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway; and was also connected with the South Yorkshire Railways, the Cheshire Lines Committee, the Humber Conservancy, and the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway. During his several years' service in these capacities, he was continually engaged as engineer of the various new works in connection therewith, and also in giving evidence for parliamentary committees. His engineering ability with his acknowledged common sense in all matters of moment gained him a considerable reputation. The results in respect to the working expenses of the locomotive, carriage, and permanent way departments under his control showed notable success in the savings effected.

In 1885 he retired from the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, but was retained as their consulting engineer; and was engaged by several other railways to give evidence in connection with parliamentary arbitration and other matters.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1859.

His death took place in Manchester on 3rd August 1889, in the fifty-eighth year of his age.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1859 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  2. 1889 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries
  3. 1889 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries