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Luke Longbottom

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Luke Longbottom (1826-1902)

Locomotive Carriage and Wagon Superintendent, North Staffordshire Railway, Stoke-on-Trent.

1902 Obituary [1]

LUKE LONGBOTTOM was born in Wakefield on 2nd March 1826.

He served part of his apprenticeship with Messrs. Fenton, Murray, and Jackson, of Leeds, and completed it with Mr. E. B. Wilson, Railway Foundry, Leeds.

He then joined the firm of Messrs. Kitson, Thompson, and Hewitson, of Leeds, as leading hand at locomotive building, and afterwards went as works manager to Messrs. Bray and Waddington, of the same city.

In 1855 he went to be general engineer to the Kendal and Windermere Railway Co. On its amalgamation with the London and North Western Railway in 1860, he was taken over by the latter company, and remained in their service until December 1882, when he was appointed locomotive, carriage and wagon superintendent of the North Staffordshire Railway.

This position he held until the time of his death, which took place suddenly at his residence in Stoke-on-Trent, on 12th February 1902, in his seventy-sixth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884; and was also Vice-President of the Association of Railway Engineers.

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