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Thomas Kirtley (1810 – 16 November 1847) was locomotive superintendent of the North Midland Railway and later the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.

Biography

He was born at Tanfield, and began his career as an engine driver on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway with his brother of Matthew Kirtley. He founded the locomotive builder Thomas Kirtley and Co of Warrington in 1837, but this company failed in 1841. After briefly working for his brother on the Warrington and Newtown Railway he was appointed locomotive superintendent of the North Midland Railway in 1843, but lost his role at the formation of the Midland Railway in May 1844 and served as an inspector. In 1845 he worked for the Trent Valley Railway for Thomas Brassey. In February 1847 he was appointed Locomotive Superintendent of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway following the dismissal of John Gray, but nine months later he suffered a brain tumour and died.

Sources

  • Bradley, D.L. (19789). Locomotives of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway: Part 1.. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. pp. 7–8.  
  • Marshall, John (1995). A biographical dictionary of railway engineers.. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0715374893.   pp. 133-134.
Business positions
Preceded by
John Gray
Locomotive Superintendent of the
London, Brighton and South Coast Railway

February–November, 1847
Succeeded by
John Chester Craven

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