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Deodatus Hilin Neale

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Deodatus Hilin Neale (1849-1893).

1893 Obituary [1]

DEODATUS HILIN NEALE, eldest son of the late Mr. William Johnson Neale, barrister-at-law and Recorder of Walsall, was born at Kingswear, Dartmouth, on the 5th of September, 1849.

After being educated at King’s College, London, and in Germany, he became a pupil in the office of the late William Dredge, of Buckingham Street, Adelphi, well known at that time as an engineer and bridge designer.

In October, 1868, he was articled to William Adams, then Locomotive Superintendent of the North London Railway, and served his time in the workshops and drawing-office at Bow. On the appointment of Mr. Adams as Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Eastern Railway, Mr. Neale followed that gentleman to Stratford and remained there until August, 1871, when he was appointed Chief Draughtsman in the Locomotive Works of the Monmouthshire Railway at Newport.

After holding that post for about four years he entered in the spring of 1876 the Hyde Park Locomotive Works of Neilson and Co at Glasgow and in the following year conducted some elaborate brake trials at the Cowlairs Works of the North British Railway Company. He was then for a few months in the service of the Westinghouse Brake Co and from 1878 to 1881 was again in the Locomotive Works of the Great Eastern Railway Company at Stratford.

Early in 1882 Mr. Neale was appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent to the Cape Government Railways, which post, however, he resigned in the following year in order to represent The Engineer at the Chicago Exposition of Railway Appliances.

In November, 1883, he settled in New York as Joint Editor of the Railroad Gazette, one of the principal railway organs in the United States.....[more]

1893 Obituary [2]

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