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Charles Wilson Faber

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Charles Wilson Faber (1813-1878)


1879 Obituary [1]

MR. CHARLES WILSON FABER was born in 1813, and educated at Winchester, and at Christ Church, Oxford.

He was called to the bar of the Inner Temple about the year 1837, but principally devoted his energies to railway matters. He was largely interested and took an active part in the affairs of the Great Northern Railway Company, of which he became a Director in 1854.

He was for many years Chairman of the Traffic Committee and a Member of the Way and Works Committee of that Company. In the latter capacity he took an enlightened and practical interest in all mechanical improvements. On the introduction of Bessemer steel DIr. Faber aided materially in an inquiry instituted to examine into the probable economy and security to be attained by its use for rails, which resulted in its immediate adoption by the Great Northern Company at all points where the heaviest weight of traffic passed over the railway, and its gradual extension over the whole system. He showed much interest in the welfare of the servants, subscribed liberally to their funds, and presided over the Reading Society’s meetings.

Mr. Faber was a Deputy Lieutenant and a Magistrate for Herts, and a Magistrate for the West Riding of Yorkshire. He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 3rd of December, 1867.

He died at San Remo on the 1st of April, 1858.


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  1. 1879 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries