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James Tyrell

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James Tyrell (c1854-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"JAMES TYRRELL, whose death occurred on 13th March 1948, at the great age of ninety-four, had been connected with railways since 1867 when he became a clerk at Didcot station. Two years later he entered the locomotive department of the Great Western Railway at Swindon and after working in the shops was registered as fireman in 1873. After a brief period as driver he left the service of the Great Western Railway in 1881 and became loco motive assistant on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway.

From 1884 to 1890 he acted as engineman with the same company and then took charge of the locomotive, carriage, and wagon department. In addition he was placed in charge of the running department under the supervision of the general manager. He was confirmed in the appointment of locomotive, carriage, and wagon superintendent three years later and retained this position until his retirement in 1923. Mr. Tyrell had been a Member of the Institution since 1912."

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