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Alexander William Moore (1849-1903)

1904 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER WILLIAM MOORE died from pneumonia at his residence, 32 Clanricarde Gardens, Bayswater, on the 17th April, 1903.

Born at Sheerness in 1849, he was educated at King’s College, London, and served his time as a pupil, first to John Wright, Locomotive Superintendent of the South Devon Railway, and subsequently to Henry Voss, Divisional Engineer of the Great Western Railway at Oxford.

In 1872 Mr. Moore was appointed an Assistant on the Great Western Company’s engineering staff. After some little time he was transferred to Paddington and attached to the staff of Lancaster Owen, Constructive Engineer to the Company, and was engaged in the preparation of the plans for the widening of the main line between Paddington and Slough.

His other important work at Paddington was the laying out of Paddington Yard in connection with the abolition of the existing Hammersmith and City level crossing at Royal Oak, and constructing a subway in place of the crossing. On the completion of this work he was given charge of the Parliamentary Department of the Company, which position he occupied with great success for some years.

In October, 1883, Mr. Moore took up his residence in Frome as Engineer to that part of the Great Western Railway extending from Chippenham to Weymouth and Portland, and from Holt to Newbury.

In July, 1893, he was appointed Divisional Engineer at Bristol, his division extending from Didcot to Portishead Junction, Swindon to Gloucester, Newbury to Bristol, and branch lines in connection.

In November, 1896, he was appointed to the important post of Administrative Assistant in the Chief Engineer’s Offices at Paddington, where his duties were the conduct of the engineering business at head quarters. Mr. Moore’s record had marked him out for a post where tact and firmness, coupled with the power of dealing with many and varied subjects, were required, and his tenure of this post showed that he was not found wanting in those qualities ; indeed, the fact of there being such widespread and general regret at his untimely death unquestionably shows the skill with which he carried out the complicated duties the Great Western Railway Company called on-him to perform.

Mr. Moore was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 7th March, 1876, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.

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