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William Alexander Agnew

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William Alexander Agnew (c1875-1958) Chief Mechanical Engineer of Underground Railways

1959 Obituary [1]

William Alexander Agnew, whose death occurred on 16th March 1958 in his eighty-fourth year, was a Past-President of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers and had been a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1928.

He was educated at Douglas Academy, Newton Stewart, the Ewart Institute, Newton Stewart, and the Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh; he served an apprenticeship with King, Brown and Co., Rosebank Works, Edinburgh.

Mr. Agnew held several posts in Glasgow and Edinburgh prior to his appointment as Rolling Stock Superintendent and Staff Instructor, District Railway, and also Mechanical Engineer for Underground Railways, London, in 1904. In 1927 he became Chief Mechanical Engineer, Underground Railways, at Ealing Common Works, Ealing.

On his retirement in 1935 he went into practice as a Consulting Electric Traction Engineer.

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