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Arthur Frederick Halstead (1860-1937)
1937 Obituary 
ARTHUR FREDERICK HALSTEAD was for many years locomotive superintendent to the Rio Tinto Railway, Spain, of which he also held the position of traffic manager. He was born in 1860 and served his apprenticeship from 1874 to 1882 with Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Company, Ltd., at Gorton Foundry.
During the next six years he was entrusted with the supervision, in the Argentine Republic and Uruguay, of the erection of locomotives built by the firm. In 1888 he was appointed locomotive superintendent and permanent way engineer of the Midland Railway of Uruguay, and three years later he took up a similar position with the Cordoba and Rosario Railway, in the Argentine Republic. He commenced his association with the Rio Tinto Railway in 1895, upon his appointment as mechanical engineer, and in 1896 he was made locomotive superintendent.
Mr. Halstead subsequently returned to England and rejoined Messrs. Beyer, Peacock as manager and secretary, a position which he held throughout the War, until his retirement in 1919. During his retirement he lived at Teignmouth, where his death occurred on 19th November 1937.
He had been a Member of the Institution since 1898.