Charles Bowen Cooke

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Charles John Bowen Cooke
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by James Peter Quinn (1869–1951)
Born 11 January 1859
Died 18 October 1920(1920-10-18) (aged 61)
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Engineering career
Discipline Locomotive engineer
Employer(s) London and North Western Railway
Significant design LNWR Claughton Class

Charles John Bowen Cooke CBE (11 January 1859 – 18 October 1920) was born in Orton Longueville (then in Huntingdonshire) and was Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR).[1] He was the first to add superheating to the locomotives of the railway.[2] He wrote a book called British locomotives: their history, construction; and modern development which was published in 1893,[1] with a second edition in 1894, and third in 1899[3][4] A second book, Developments in Locomotive Practice followed in 1902.[1] [5]

Whilst CME of the LNWR he was responsible for the introduction of several new locomotive designs, including the George the Fifth and Claughton classes.[1]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 New Year Honours for his efforts during the First World War.[6]

He died on 18 October 1920 and is buried in the churchyard at St Just in Roseland, Cornwall.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cooke, B.W.C., ed. (December 1963). "Notes and News: Bowen Cooke's grave". Railway Magazine. Westminster: Tothill Press. 110 (752): 125–6. 
  2. ^ LNWR GeorgeV Locomotive Trust, retrieved 7 April 2013 
  3. ^ British locomotives: their history, construction; and modern development., retrieved 7 April 2013 
  4. ^ Bowen Cooke, Whale & Beames, retrieved 1 February 2015 
  5. ^ Development in locomotive practice Author: C J Bowen Cooke, retrieved 7 April 2013 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30460. p. 368. 7 January 1918.

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Preceded by
George Whale
Chief Mechanical Engineer
London and North Western Railway

Succeeded by
H. P. M. Beames