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Leslie Sanderson Smart

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Leslie Sanderson Smart (c1860-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

LESLIE SANDERSON SMART had an extensive experience as a locomotive and mechanical engineer in the service of several railways, both at home and abroad, and was a Member of the Institution for over forty years, having been elected in 1898.

He was educated at University College School and served his apprenticeship in the locomotive shops of the Midland Railway at Derby, on the completion of which in 1882 he entered the drawing office. From 1888 until 1900 he held various posts in the locomotive department of that company, his final position being that of district locomotive superintendent at Liverpool. In 1900 he transferred his services to the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and was works manager at Brighton for five years.

He then went to the Transvaal to take up an appointment as chief locomotive superintendent of the Central South African Railways, with headquarters at Pretoria. In 1910 he was appointed chief mechanical engineer of the Siamese State Railways. After holding this position for four years he returned to England and joined the Metropolitan Carriage and Wagon Company, Birmingham, his first appointment being that of the firm's special representative in Russia. Subsequently he became manager of the wheel department at Wednesbury, and occupied that position until 1928 when he went into business on his own account as representative for various manufacturing concerns.

He was thus engaged up to the time of his death, which occurred in Glasgow in his eighty-second year, on 5th October 1942.

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