Harry Pollitt (engineer)

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Harry Pollitt
Born (1864-12-26)26 December 1864
Ashton-under-Lyne
Died 23 January 1945(1945-01-23) (aged 80)
Bournemouth
Nationality British
Occupation Engineer
Parent(s) William Pollitt
Engineering career
Discipline Steam locomotive engineer
Employer(s) Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Great Central Railway

Harry Pollitt (1864–1945) was Locomotive Engineer of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway from 1894–1897 and its successor, the Great Central Railway, from 1897-1900.

Biography[edit]

Pollitt was born on 26 December 1864 at Ashton-under-Lyne. His father was Sir William Pollitt, who was general manager of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MSLR) between 1866 and 1899.[1]

Harry Pollitt was appointed Locomotive Engineer of the MSLR from January 1894, replacing Thomas Parker, who resigned at the end of 1893. Pollitt had previously been Works Manager at the Gorton locomotive works of the MSLR, under Parker.[1] In June 1894, his duties were expanded to cover the MSLR's fleet of ferries on the Humber, and his job title was changed to Locomotive & Marine Engineer.[2] On 1 August 1897, the MSLR was renamed the Great Central Railway (GCR).[3]

Pollitt personally saw off the first GCR passenger service from Marylebone on 15 March 1899.[4]

Pollitt resigned from the MSLR in June 1900, and married an Australian woman the same year.[1] He was succeeded as Locomotive and Marine Engineer by John G. Robinson.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Marshall 1978, p. 173.
  2. ^ Dow 1962, p. 159.
  3. ^ Dow 1962, p. 297.
  4. ^ Dow 1962, p. 340.
  5. ^ Marshall 1978, p. 185.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Thomas Parker
as Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent
Locomotive Engineer of the
Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway

1894
Post renamed
Locomotive & Marine Engineer
New title
Post renamed
Locomotive & Marine Engineer of the
Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway

1894–1897
Employer renamed
Great Central Railway
New title
Employer renamed
Locomotive & Marine Engineer of the
Great Central Railway

1897–1900
Succeeded by
John G. Robinson