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William Paton Reid

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1959. North British Scott class Locomotive.

William Paton Reid or W. P. Reid (1860-1932), Locomotive superintendent of the North British Railway.

Born the son of Robert Reid, Builder of Railway Carriages, and his wife Elizabeth Whyte.

Brother of George Whyte Reid

Had son Robert Whyte Reid.

1902 William Paton Reid, late superintendent Tay Bridge Station, at present superintendent at St Margaret's Locomotive Works, Edinburgh.[1]

1932 Obituary[2]


We regret to have to announce the sudden death, at Glasgow, on the 2nd inst., of Mr. William Paton Reid, C.B.E., formerly Locomotive Superintendent of the North British Railway. Mr. Reid was a native of Glasgow, and during his apprenticeship attended science and art classes with conspicuous success. He entered the Cowlairs works of the North British Railway in 1879, Mr. Matthew Holmes at that time being Locomotive Superintendent. He was soon selected to take charge of the locomotive department at Balloch, and in 1889 was promoted to Dunfermline. In 1891, he was appointed to Dundee, and to St. Margaret’s Shed, Edinburgh, in 1900. His next appointment was that of Out-Door Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, on that post being instituted by the Directors.

On the death of Mr. Holmes, Mr. Reid was made Locomotive Superintendent, and in that capacity was responsible for the design and construction of many new types of stock. Among these were some notable 4-4-2 type locomotives which, for some time, were the heaviest of their kind in this country. They were two-cylinder simple machines, with cylinders 20 in. by 28 in., 6 ft. 9 in. driving wheels, and weighed 119 tons 16 cwt.; they did excellent work."

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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Courier - Monday 24 November 1902
  2. Engineering 1932/02/12