Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 143,362 pages of information and 230,031 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
David Jones (1834-1906) was locomotive superintendent for the Highland Railway in Scotland. He was credited with the design of the first British 4-6-0 which was strongly influenced by a Scottish locomotive design for Indian Railways.
1834 October 25th. Born in Manchester, where his father was an engineer, Jones spent part of his apprenticeship under John Ramsbottom, the district superintendent of the North Eastern Division of London and North Western Railway. He joined what would soon become the Highland Railway in 1855 at age twenty-one.
In 1870, he became its locomotive superintendent and, like most such occupants of that position, spent much of his time rebuilding old engines in order to extract a few more years from them. Although he was a fervent disciple of Alexander Allan, Jones' new designs tended to break away from the Allan tradition, which had lasted so long in Scotland. In 1894 he introduced the Highland Railway Jones Goods Class, the first 4-6-0 to operate on any British Railway.
Jones retired in 1896, after a scalding, experienced during tests of the large goods 4-6-0, had robbed him of the use of his left leg
1906 December 2nd. Died in London, after a car accident had deprived him of the use of his remaining leg.