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Andrew Thomson Reid

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Andrew Thomson Reid (1863-1940) of the North British Locomotive Co

1863 Born son of James Reid

Educated at Glasgow University

1883 Apprenticed at Neilson and Co

1893 Appointed a partner in the firm

1894 On the death of James Reid, the business was continued by the remaining partners, his sons Hugh Reid, John Reid, Andrew Thomson Reid, Walter Montgomerie Neilson Reid[1]

1897 Joined I Mech E

1904 Managing Director of Hyde Park Locomotive Works, Glasgow, North British Locomotive Co; joined Inst Civil Engineers

1909 November. Details of the Reid-Riekie spring wheel patented with John Riekie and Hugh Reid.[2]



1941 Obituary [3]

ANDREW THOMSON REID was chief managing director of the North British Locomotive Company, Ltd., of Glasgow, at the time of his death which occurred on 16th September 1940. He had been connected with locomotive building since 1883, in which year he was apprenticed until 1888 to Messrs. Neilson, Reid and Company, at Hyde Park locomotive works, Glasgow.

After taking part in the management of the business of that firm, he became a partner in 1893, and was appointed managing director of the Hyde Park works on the amalgamation in 1903 of Messrs. Neilson with Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Company, Ltd., and Messrs. Dubs and Company, under the title of the North British Locomotive Company, Ltd. in this position he had charge of the design and manufacture of the locomotives constructed by that firm.

He was born in 1863 and educated at Glasgow Academy, Loretto School, Musselburgh, and Glasgow University. Mr. Reid had a long connection with the Volunteer Force he was a recipient of the Volunteer Officers' Decoration, and was gazetted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1907. He was also Deputy Lieutenant of Perthshire.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1897 and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.




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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Dec 05, 1894
  2. The Autocar 1909/11/27
  3. 1941 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  • Civil Engineer records 1820-1930
  • Mechanical Engineer records 1847-1930