List of Chief Mechanical Engineers of the Great Western Railway

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Great Western Railway[edit]

Locomotive Superintendent

Chief Mechanical Engineer

Northern Division Locomotive Superintendent

British Railways (Western Region)[edit]

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

  • Kenneth J Cook (1950-1951)
  • Robert A Smeddle (1951-?)

Constituent companies[edit]

Birkenhead Railway
  • John Dixon
  • T A Yarrow
  • Rendell
  • William Bragge
  • George Douglas (1851-1860)

Bristol and Exeter Railway

Cornwall Minerals Railway
  • Miles Constatine

Llanelly Railway
  • Joseph Hepburn
  • Robert Hepburn

Llynvi and Ogmore Railway
  • J Routledge

Monmouthshire Railway
  • W Craig (1849-1854)
  • R Laybourne (1854-1868)
  • H Appleby (1868-1875)

Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway

Shrewsbury and Chester Railway
  • A M Ross (Engineer)
  • Thomas Truss (Carriage Superintendent)
  • Edward Jeffreys
  • Joseph Armstrong (1853-1854)

South Devon Railway;

Vale of Neath Railway
  • Joshua Williams (1851-1865) (General Manager)

West Cornwall Railway
  • Skater
  • H Appleby
  • Joseph Wright (South Devon Railway Locomotive Superintendent)

West Midland Railway

Newport, Abergavenny and Hereford Railway

Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
  • David Joy (1852-1856)
  • Frederic Haward (1856-1857)
  • Edward Wilson (1857-1860)


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  • MacDermot, E T (1927). History of the Great Western Railway, volume I 1833-1863. London: Great Western Railway. 
  • MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway. 
  • The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 3: Absorbed Engines 1854-1921. The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. 1956. 
  • Swindon Steam 1921-1951. Ian Allan. 1974.