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Thomas Grime

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Thomas Grime (1897-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS GRIME, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931, was born at Crewe in 1897. He was educated at the County Secondary School, Crewe, and the Crewe Technical Institute. He served his apprenticeship at Crewe between 1912 and 1918 in the shops of the London and North Western Railway. In 1919 he was employed as a locomotive draughtsman by Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, Ltd., Newcastle, and before leaving this company in 1928 he had risen to the position of designer and leading draughtsman. In 1928 he was appointed chief draughtsman at the Avonside Engine Company, Ltd., Bristol, where, besides revising standard designs and dealing with all work on new designs, he designed a special articulated Diesel locomotive for light tracks.

In 1934 he joined the staff of Messrs. Stothert and Pitt, Ltd., Bath, as mechanical designer, and in 1936 he became chief designer to the railway department, and personal assistant to the managing director of the Sentinel Waggon Works, Ltd. He had been with the Vulcan Foundry, Ltd., at Newton-le-Willows only a few months, when he died on 2nd January 1939. He was a member of other engineering institutions, including the Institution of Locomotive Engineers, who awarded him a gold medal in 1926 for his paper "Steam Locomotive Performance"."

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