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George Banks (1859-1904)

1904 Obituary [1]

GEORGE BANKS was born at Kendal on 19th May 1859, and was educated at St. John's College, Hurst, Sussex.

His engineering career began in 1876 at Crewe under Mr. F. W. Webb; afterwards he was placed in charge of the running shed at Bushbury, near Wolverhampton, and in 1882 became assistant foreman at Crewe running shed.

From 1883 to 1887 he acted as district running-shed foreman, and in the latter year he was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Horwich, under Mr. Aspinall. In that capacity he remained for twelve years. On the appointment of Mr. Aspinall as general manager, Mr. Banks became assistant superintendent of the Carriage and Wagon Works at Newton Heath, Manchester. Subsequently, he was promoted to be assistant passenger and goods train superintendent at Victoria Station, Manchester.

This position he held at the time of his death, which took place very suddenly from heart failure, at his residence in Altrincham, on 12th November 1904, at the age of forty-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1899.

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