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James Carrington Simpson

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James Carrington Simpson (1828-1901).

Died 1901 aged 73.[1]


1902 Obituary [2]

JAMES CARRINGTON SIMPSON, born in 1828, obtained his early engineering experience, from 1844 to 1847, on the Manchester and Leeds Extension Railway from Miles Platting to the Victoria Station, Manchester, on the erection of the Victoria Station, and on the Northampton and Peterborough Railway from Peterborough to Oundle.

He was next engaged, from May, 1848, to January, 1849, on the Haslingden branch of the East Lancashire Railway, and from the latter date to December, 1850, on the Manchester and Altrincham Railway.

Mr. Simpson was then for eight years in the service of the Corporation of Manchester as Gas Engineer, in which capacity he designed and carried out the erection of No. 2 Gas Station, at that time the largest in England.

From March, 1858, to September, 1866, he was Engineer-in-Chief to the Buenos Aires Gas Company, for which he designed and erected new works. During that period he also engaged in private practice in Buenos Aires, and was in 1864 Engineer of the extension of the Northern Railway of Buenos Aires from San Fernando to the River Tigre and for the wharves along the banks of the Tigre. He also prepared plans for the Buenos Aires Waterworks, which were partially carried out after he left the country, was professionally consulted by the Argentine Government from time to time, and was engaged in designing and erecting machinery for various industries in the Argentine Confederation, such as paper-making, tobacco-cutting, soap- and candle-making, hide-cleaning, etc.

He was a member of the Buenos Aires Board of Public Works and a Commissioner of Patents from 1861 until he left the country in 1866.

On his return to England in 1866 he practised for four years as a Consulting Engineer in London for foreign works.

In December, 1870, he went to Ceylon for Mr. Edward Woods, Past-President, as Resident Engineer on the Colombo Gasworks. While there he was also engaged on the project for the water-supply of that town, and on schemes for gas- and water-supply for the towns of Galle and Handy.

From his return to London in December, 1872, he acted for many years as a Consulting Engineer, both for English and foreign works, in connection with railways, tramways, gas, water and sewerage.

Mr. Simpson died at his residence, 46 Finchley Road, on the 19th December, 1901, aged 73.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 12th January, 1864, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 17th March, 1854.



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