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James Weeks Szlumper

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Sir James Weeks Szlumper (1834-1926) JP DL PJGD , was an English civil engineer. He was Chief Engineer on a number of key railway engineering projects.

c.1834 Born in London, son of Albert Szlumper

1871 Living in Aberystwyth with his wife Mary (26) and daughters Agnes M (2), Bertha (9 Months), and his brother Alfred Szlumper (12)

c1873 Birth of son Charles David Szlumper[1]

c1874 Birth of son, Ernest F[2]

1911 Living at Kew Gardens[3]

1926 October 26th. Died in London


1926 Obituary [4]

With the death at Richmond on Tuesday, October 26th, of Sir James Weeks Szlumper, there has passed, at the ripe age of ninety-three years, an engineer associated with the earlier history of railway construction in this country, particularly in Wales. After serving his articles with a London firm of engineers, he was appointed in 1859, at the age of twenty-five, assistant to Mr. Hamilton Fulton, the engineer of the Manchester and Milford Railway. Fulton died in 1861, and Szlumper succeeded him, but the project was eventually abandoned. Later, he was associated with the construction of the line from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen, the Barry Railway, the Cardiff-Ogmore line, the Vale of Glamorgan line, and the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway. In addition to this railway construction work in Wales, he served as engineer to the Piccadilly Tube Railway. He joined The Institution of Civil Engineers in 1864. He was an elder brother of Lieut-Colonel A. W. Szlumper, a chief engineer of the Southern Railway.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. 1901 Census
  3. 1911 Census
  4. The Engineer 1926/10/29