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Thomas Hindmarsh

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Thomas Hindmarsh (1827-1889)

1889 Obituary [1]

THOMAS HINDMARSH was born at Alnwick, in Northumberland, on 9th September 1827.

In 1844 he was apprenticed to Mr. John Dewrance for a period of five years, during which time he was engaged under him in the locomotive department of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the Great Southern and Western Railway of Ireland, and the Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland.

During 1849-50 he was employed for eighteen months under Mr. Chesterman on drainage works on the Kings Weston estate, Somersetshire.

In 1851 he entered the Great Northern Railway locomotive department under Mr. Sturrock, where he remained four years.

In 1855 he went to India to the Eastern Bengal Railway, where he commenced in the running department, and gradually rose until in 1866 he was appointed chief locomotive superintendent.

This position he held until 30th September 1884, when he resigned it in consequence of the Indian State Railways having taken over the Eastern Bengal system.

In 1888 he returned to India as the representative of the automatic vacuum brake, and slid much to secure its adoption for the Indian State Railways.

He died of Aden on 8th February 1889, in the sixty-second year of his age, while on his way back to England.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1885.

1889 Obituary [2]

. . . . starting active employment in the running department of the Great Northern Railway in 1853.

He left in 1855 to go to India, where he had obtained a post in the running department of the Eastern Bengal line. Here he gradually rose to be Locomotive Superintendent, a position he held for twenty-nine years, until the Eastern Bengal system was absorbed by the Indian State Railways, when he resigned. He returned to India in 1858 as representative of the Automatic Vacuum Brake Co, . . . . [more]

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