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Robert Hope Selbie

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Robert Hope Selbie (1868-1930) was the railway manager of the Metropolitan Railway from 1908-1930.

1868 Born in Salford the son of Robert William Selbie, Congregational Minister, and his wife Harriet Raine Boothby

Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Owen's College, Manchester

1883 Joined the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, working as secretary to the general manager and assistant to the chief traffic manager.

He was secretary of the Metropolitan Railway from 1903, general manager from 1908, appointed a director of MRCE in 1919, and became a director in 1922.

He introduced Pullman carriages on the Aylesbury line trains.

1911 Living at The Orchard, Shire Lane, Chorley Wood: Robert Hope Selbie (age 43 born Salford), General Manager of Railway Company. With his wife Florence Selbie (age 39 born Blackburn) and their two sons Philip Heyworth Selbie (age 7 Born Whitfield, Lancs) and Andrew Selbie (age 4 born Harrow). Three servants.[1]

His CBE was obtained during World War I for his services to the Board of Trade, the Road Transport Board and the Army Forage Committee.

He died in 1930 attending his son's confirmation service at St Paul's Cathedral

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census