John Viret Gooch
John Viret Gooch (29 June 1812 – 8 June 1900) was the locomotive superintendent of the London and South Western Railway from 1841 to 1850. Born at Bedlington, Northumberland, John Viret Gooch (brother of Daniel Gooch) was the son of John and Anna (born Longridge).
Grand Junction Railway
Manchester and Leeds Railway
London and South Western Railway
Gooch was recommended to the LSWR by Locke and appointed locomotive superintendent on 1 January 1841. Officially Locke remained in charge of the department.
- LSWR locomotives
Initially locomotives were purchased from a wide range of private manufacturers such as Edward Bury and Company and Nasmyth, Gaskell and Company. From Jan 1843 the LSWR's own Nine Elms Locomotive Works started production with the 'Eagle' class singles. Gooch's designs included a number of singles and the 'Bison' class 0-6-0 goods.
Eastern Counties Railway
After leaving the LSWR in 1850, Gooch went to the Eastern Counties Railway where he stayed until 1856. At this point, he would only have been aged 44, but there is currently no information on his later career. There is a reference to "Inappropriate financial transactions at the Eastern Counties Railway" but it is not known whether this is relevant.
J. V. Gooch was married twice. First, in June 1840, to Hannah Frances Handcock, daughter of Captain Elias Robinson Handcock. Secondly, on 16 March 1876, to Emily Mary Stonhouse, daughter of Reverend Charles Stonhouse. J. V. Gooch lived at Cooper's Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire.
|Locomotive Superintendent of the London and South Western Railway
Joseph Hamilton Beattie
|Locomotive Superintendent of the Eastern Counties Railway