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William Gadd

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William Gadd (c1859-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM GADD had been connected with railways since 1873, when he began his six years' apprenticeship with the Great Western Railway at their Swindon works. After a year's experience as draughtsman to Messrs. Stothert and Pitt of Bath, he began in 1882 his long association with Irish railways, which lasted for over forty years. His first appointment was that of chief draughtsman to the Waterford, Limerick and Western Railway. Two years later he was made works manager and assistant to the superintendent of the locomotive, carriage and wagon department and in 1890 he was promoted to be locomotive superintendent. On the amalgamation of the Waterford, Limerick and Western Railway with the Great Southern and Western Railway in 1901, he was appointed superintendent of the Western division.

He resigned this position in 1911 and three years later received the appointment of superintendent of the locomotive, carriage and wagon department of the Cork and Macroom Railway, which he held until his retirement in 1925. Mr. Gadd, whose death occurred on 27th February 1944, at the age of eighty-five, had a long association with the Institution, dating back to 1890, when he was elected a Member.

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