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James Steele

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James Steele (1857-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

JAMES STEELE served his apprenticeship in the shops of the Glasgow and South Western Railway at Kilmarnock and was for a time engaged as a fitter on new work in the erecting shop.

He subsequently became a draughtsman with Messrs. Barr and Morrison of Kilmarnock, who were then engaged in a large export trade in light locomotives and machinery.

On the appointment of Mr. J. Manson as Locomotive Superintendent of the Great North of Scotland Railway, he accompanied him to Aberdeen as chief draughtsman.

In 1891 he was appointed works manager for Messrs. R. Y. Pickering and Company, railway carriage and wagon builders, Wishaw, and later he became general manager and a director of the company.

Mr. Steele was born in Linlithgowshire in 1857, and he became a Member of the Institution in 1897.

His death took place on 7th June 1927.

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