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Hubert Storar

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Hubert Storar (1901-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

UBERT STORAR, whose untimely death cut short a promising career, was district locomotive superintendent of the Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours, Nairobi. He was born at Darlington in 1901 and served his apprenticeship from 1917 to 1922 in the locomotive works of Messrs. Robert Stephenson and Company, Ltd.

After gaining further experience for a year as assistant mechanical designer to the Lancashire Dynamo and Motor Company, Manchester, he joined. Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Company, Ltd., and was engaged principally on the design of Garratt locomotives. In 1925 he was appointed technical assistant to the chief mechanical engineer of the Trans-Zambesia Railways and in the following year he was promoted to be district locomotive superintendent. This position also involved responsibility for the general overhaul of all rolling stock, and the upkeep of the stern-wheel steamships and the barges forming the company's river fleet.

In 1929 he joined the Kenya and Uganda Railways as an assistant locomotive superintendent and became district locomotive superintendent in 1930. Four years later he was promoted to the highest grade, with direct responsibility to the chief mechanical engineer for the locomotive work in connection with five running sheds serving over 800 miles of railway. He was responsible for the layout of the new locomotive depot at Inhaminga, Portuguese East Africa, and for the installation of all plant and machinery. During 1935 and 1936 he was acting locomotive superintendent of the Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours.

In 1937 he returned to England, owing to ill health, and died on 4th January 1938. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1935.

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