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
Orton Longueville, Huntingdonshire, England
Died 18 October 1920(1920-10-18) (aged 61)
Falmouth[1], Cornwall, England
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Occupation Engineer
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).[2] He was the first to add superheating to the locomotives of the railway.[3] He wrote a book called British locomotives: their history, construction; and modern development which was published in 1893,[2] with a second edition in 1894, and third in 1899[4][5] A second book, Developments in Locomotive Practice followed in 1902.[2] [6]

Whilst CME of the LNWR he was responsible for the introduction of several new locomotive designs, including the George the Fifth and Claughton classes.[2]

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.[7]

He died on 18 October 1920 and is buried in the churchyard at St Just in Roseland, Cornwall.[2]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ LNWR GeorgeV Locomotive Trust, retrieved 7 April 2013 
  4. ^ British locomotives: their history, construction; and modern development., retrieved 7 April 2013 
  5. ^ Bowen Cooke, Whale & Beames, retrieved 1 February 2015 
  6. ^ Development in locomotive practice Author: C J Bowen Cooke, retrieved 7 April 2013 
  7. ^ "No. 30460". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 January 1918. p. 368. 

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

Succeeded by
H. P. M. Beames