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Hutton Vignoles

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Hutton Vignoles (1824-1889)

1890 Obituary [1]

HUTTON VIGNOLES, second son of Charles Blacker Vignoles, F.R.S., Past President Inst. C.E., was born on the 18th of November, 1824, just after his father had returned from America, and had taken up the work of a civil engineer in England.

In 1836 he was sent to school at the village of Menars, near Blois, France. Here he remained till 1841, in which year he became apprentice for six years to Mr. (afterwards Sir) William Fairbairn, of Manchester.

In 1843 he was with his father, surveying for the Wurtemburg Railway.

In 1845 he was associated with his father in the plans for the North Kent Line, and about thirteen other railways. At this period the race against time for depositing plans for session 1846 was at its height. For nearly a week not one of Mr. Vignoles’ staff went to bed!

Early in 1847 Mr. Hutton Vignoles undertook his first journey to Russia . . . . .

From 1853-55, Mr. Hutton Vignoles was Resident Engineer on the Frankfort-Wiesbaden-Cologne Railway, and in 1856 left Europe for Brazil. Here he was engaged at first in making roads in the interior of the province of Bahia, a wild and totally uncivilized country. Then he made the surveys for the Bahia and Sao Francisco Railway, . . . . [more]

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