Robert Urie

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Robert W. Urie
Born (1854-10-22)22 October 1854
Ardeer, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died 6 January 1937(1937-01-06) (aged 82)
Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Engineering career
Discipline Mechanical and Locomotive
Employer(s) Caledonian Railway,
London and South Western Railway
Significant design LSWR H15, N15, and S15 classes, 'Eastleigh' superheater
Preserved S15 class 4-6-0 freight locomotive No. 506 (as BR 30506) at Ropley on the Mid-Hants Railway in the 1980s

Robert Wallace Urie (22 October 1854 – 6 January 1937)[1] was a Scottish locomotive engineer who was the last chief mechanical engineer of the London and South Western Railway.


After serving an apprenticeship with and working for various private locomotive manufacturers he joined the Caledonian Railway in 1890, and became chief draughtsman, and later Works Manager at St. Rollox railway works under Dugald Drummond. In 1897 he moved with Drummond to join the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as works manager at Nine Elms in London. He transferred to the new works at Eastleigh in 1909. Following the death of Dugald Drummond in 1912, Urie became chief mechanical engineer until his own retirement at the grouping of 1923.

Locomotive designs[edit]

Robert Urie made a significant contribution to the development of more powerful express passenger and goods locomotives for use on the London and South Western Railway main line, with simple yet robust designs. In particular his LSWR H15 class, LSWR N15 class and LSWR S15 class 4-6-0 locomotives continued to be built by the Southern Railway under Richard Maunsell's direction.


  • GB191410781, published 13 August 1914, Improvements in means for connecting pipes or conduits[2]
  • GB191410782, published 3 September 1914, Improvements in steam superheaters[3]


His son David Chalmers Urie was a locomotive engineer with the Highland Railway and later the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.[4]


  1. ^ "Robert Urie, his son & possible other relative". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Espacenet - Bibliographic data". Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Espacenet - Bibliographic data". Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Robert Urie, his son & possible other relative". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  • Casserley, H. C. (1971). London and South Western locomotives. Ian Allan Limited. ISBN 0-7110-0151-0.  (incorporating Burtt, F. (1949). LSWR Locomotives: a survey 1873–1922. ) p. 18

Further reading[edit]

  • John Marshall, (1978) A biographical dictionary of locomotive engineers, David & Charles
Business positions
Preceded by
Dugald Drummond
Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and South Western Railway
Post abolished
Company merged into the Southern Railway