He worked for the state telegraph construction department, for Theis Railway Company, the Hungarian Eastern Railway and the Lemberg-Czernowitz-Jassy Railway before joining the Imperial Royal Austrian State Railways (kaiserlich-königliche österreichische Staatsbahnen or k.k.St.B.) in 1890.
In 1902 he became the executive of the k.k.St.B. workshop at Gmünd, later the repair shop at Vienna's Westbahnhof. He retired in 1912 and, according to one source, died in Vienna on 20 November 1918. According to other sources, he is believed to have died in 1923, but trace of him was lost in the disorganisation following the First World War.
- Kirsche (1978), p. 144.
- de:Johann Brotan
- Ransome-Wallis (1959), p 497.
- Kirsche, Hans-Joachim (1978). Lexicon der Eisenbahn (5th ed.). transpress.
- Ransome-Wallis, P. (1959). Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Railway Locomotives (2001 republication ed.). Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-41247-4.
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