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George Conaty

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George Conaty (1860-1914)

1914 Obituary [1]

GEORGE CONATY was born at Hazelwood, Yorkshire, on 20th July 1860, and was educated at Field House Academy and Sutton Grove College, Yorkshire.

He received his technical training at the Leeds Mechanics' Institute, and was apprenticed to Messrs. Thomas Green and Son, Leeds, in 1876, with whom he served five years.

From 1881 to 1883 he was with the Midland Railway Co. as an improver, and then returned to Messrs. Green and Son to take charge of their outside work, remaining with that firm until his appointment as engineer to the Dublin and Lucan Light Railway. This post he held until he accepted the appointment of engineering manager for the Birmingham and Midland Tramways.

Several years later he took up the sole management of the South Staffordshire Tramway system, which comprised 23 miles of tramways, partly electric and partly steam.

In 1902 he was appointed manager of the City of Birmingham Tramways system and retained this position until 1907, when he started for himself as consulting engineer in Birmingham.

He invented a radial action truck for tramways which met with considerable success.

His death took place at Wokingham, Berks, on 6th May 1914, in his fifty-fourth year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1896; and he had been President of the Birmingham Association of Mechanical Engineers.

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