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Francis George Warner

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Francis George Warner (1875-1936)

1936 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS GEORGE WARNER was concerned with the construction and maintenance of tramway track for practically the whole of his career.

He was born at Stowmarket, Suffolk, in 1875 and entered King's College, London, early in 1893, where he studied metallurgy under Professor Huntington.

From the end of that year until 1898 he served an apprenticeship in Sandycroft Foundry and Engine Works. He was appointed in 1899 assistant to Mr. J. A. Brodie, M.I.Mech.E., the city engineer of Liverpool, and was engaged on tramway construction.

Two years later he became resident engineer to the Corporation of Leicester, for whom he supervised the taking up of the old tramway track and the laying of new permanent way, a scheme costing £500,000.

In 1907 he joined the Corporation of Birmingham, where he became chief assistant permanent way engineer, being promoted to be permanent way engineer in 1922, a position which he held until his death on 20th March 1936.

Mr. Warner was a Freeman of the City of London. He received the Silver Medal of the Municipal Tramway and Transport Association in 1929 for a prize-winning essay on "Advance in Methods, Appliances, and Management for Track Renewal and Maintenance."

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1909.

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