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James Johnson (1877-1950)

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James Johnson (1877-1950)

1950 Obituary [1]

"JAMES JOHNSON spent nearly the whole of his professional career in the Far East, where for many years he was in the service of the Burma Railways. He was educated at the Western College, Harrogate, and attended technical classes at Leeds University. After serving his time in the North Eastern Railway works at York under Mr. Wilson Worsdell from 1893 to 1898, he became assistant and draughtsman to the Leeds Forge Company, Ltd., and was appointed head draughtsman in 1904. Three years later he began his long period of service with the Burma Railways with the post of assistant to the locomotive and carriage superintendent, and later as a district superintendent and deputy superintendent in charge of the engine shops at Msein, near Rangoon.

In 1926 he was made deputy superintendent in charge of the carriage and wagon shops at Myintnge, near Mandalay. Finally he was acting locomotive and carriage superintendent at Msein. He retired from the Burma railways in 1931. Mr. Johnson has been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1908. His death occurred at Hindhead on 18th February 1950 in his seventy-fourth year."

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