Herbert Ashcombe Walker
Sir Herbert Ashcombe Walker, KCB (15 May 1868 – 29 September 1949) was a British railway manager.
Walker joined the London and North Western Railway. In 1893 he was made District Superintendent, North Wales Division; in 1902 he became District Superintendent Euston, when he visited the USA to study American practice.
After a frustrating year of indecision on the part of the Southern Railway's Board he was appointed General Manager there in 1923, where he encouraged the electrification programme. In this respect he was a major influence on steam locomotive development, or the lack of it, on the Southern. On his retirement in 1937, he served as a Director of the Southern Railway until the end of its existence in 1947. He died in London on 29 September 1949.
Walker was physically well made, having stamina and a commanding presence. He looked what he was, a man who knew his job and meant to do it and had a remarkable memory. There is a memorial to him, including a stone cameo portrait, set in the stonework at Waterloo station, commemorating his involvement in the rebuilding of the station, completed in 1922 and the electrification of the Southern Railway. He was a strong advocate of the Channel Tunnel.
- Klapper p.12
- The London Gazette: . 9 March 1915. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- The London Gazette: . 9 February 1917. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- Klapper p.20
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