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Edward Mellor Gass

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Edward Mellor Gass (1861-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

EDWARD MELLOR GASS was for thirty-eight years in the service of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, both during its independent existence and after its absorption into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

He was born in 1861 and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Company, Manchester, from 1875 to 1881, remaining with that firm for another two years as draughtsman. From 1884 until 1888 he was leading locomotive draughtsman to Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Company, at Manchester and also at Glasgow. He then began his long connection with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and the successor company with his appointment as draughtsman, at their Horwich works, and was promoted to be chief assistant draughtsman in the locomotive department in 1893; in 1922 he was appointed chief draughtsman, a position which he held until his retirement in 1926.

Mr. Gass, whose death occurred on 2nd May 1942, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1909. He was the author of several technical papers read before the professional engineering institutions. He was also lecturer in machine design at the Mechanics Institute, Horwich.

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