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Thomas Hughes Gibbons

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Thomas Hughes Gibbons (1843-1912)

1912 'Death of an Ex-Great Western Railway Official. Mr. Thomas Hughes Gibbons, for many years divisional engineer, G.W.R., Plymouth, died suddenly on Tuesday night. Mr. Gibbons, who was sixty-nine years of age, retired in December, 1908, and lived at No. Leigham-terrace, Plymouth. A native of Petertavey, where his father was rector, he was educated at Marlborough, and gained his first practical experience railway construction as a pupil to the late D. G. Grose the Tavistock branch. For twenty-six years Mr. Gibbons acted as assistant to the late Mr. P. J. Margary, C.E., on many important works, and succeeded him his retirement in 1891. Between 1365 and 1871 was rasident engineer on the Ashburton branch, and from 1873 to 1877 superintended the construction of the St. Ives branch, During 1877 he had charge of the reconstruction of the Hayle branch and swing bridge, and in the following year was appointed resident engineer for viaduct reconstruction below Plymouth. Mr. Gibbons, who was appointed to Plymouth shortly after the conversion of the gauge, superintended the gradual doubling of the line from Devonport to Penzance.'[1]


1913 Obituary [2]

THOMAS HUGHES GIBBONS, formerly Civil Engineer Superintendent to the Great Western Railway, died at Plymouth on the 17th September, 1912.

Born in 1843, he obtained his engineering training under the late D. G. Grove on the South Devon Railway.

Subsequently he assisted P. J. Margary on Devon and Cornwall branches of the Great Western system, and later became Engineer of the Plymouth division, being in that capacity associated with the removal of the wooden viaducts and the conversion of the line to standard gauge.

Mr. Gibbons was elected a Member of The Institution on the 10th January, 1882.



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Sources of Information

  1. Western Times - Wednesday 18 September 1912
  2. 1913 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries