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Matthew Stirling

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Matthew Stirling M.Inst.C.E., M.I. Mech.E.

1856 Born second child of Patrick Stirling in Kilmarnock on 27 November 1856.

Educated at Kilmarnock Academy, Doncaster Grammar Sch., Ayr Academy.

Apprenticed under his father at Doncaster. Employed in Nottingham and Peterborough districts of Great Northern Railway GNR and

Asst. Loco. Supt., G.N. Rly. Works, Nottingham and Peterborough;

1885 Locomotive Superintendent then Chief Mech. Engr., Hull and Barnsley Railway, from opening of line in 1885.

Remained with that railway until it was absorbed by the North Eastern Railway NER in 1922 when he retired.

His designs followed in the footsteps of his father with the characteristics domeless boilers, but larger locomotives were produced including 0-8-0 and 4-4-0 tender locomotives and 0-6-2T engines which survived into BR days.

He died in Hull on 5 October 1931.

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