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Samuel Swarbrick

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Samuel Swarbrick (1819-1899)


1899 Obituary [1]

SAMUEL SWARBRICK, formerly General Manager of the Great Eastern Railway Company, died at The Cedars, Tottenham, on the 22nd January, 1899, athe age of 79.

Born in 1519, Mr. Swarbrick entered in 1838 the service of tha Manchester and Leeds Railway Company, now part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company’s system. There he rose to the post of Accountant, and in 1851 he was appointed to a similar office in the service of the Midland Railway Company. During the following fifteen years he assisted in promoting the great development of the Midland system which took place under the management of the late Sir James Allport.

In 1866 Mr. Swarbrick was appointed General Manager of the Great Eastern Railway Company, and during the fourteen years he held that post the position of the Company was greatly improved, the problem of a northern outlet was solved, and the present large suburban traffic was originated. Mr. Swarbrick resigned office in 1880, from which time he acted as an adviser in Railway matters.

In 1882 he made, in conjunction with Sir James Allport, an exhaustive report on the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad, and two years later he became a Director of the Hull and Barnsley Railway Company.

During the last eight years he lived in retirement at Tottenham.

Mr. Swarbrick shared with the late Mr. George Parker Bidder the gift of rapid calculation and the facility of dealing with large masses of figures.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 3rd March, 1868.


1899 Obituary [2]



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