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William S. Hudson

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of the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Co, Paterson, USA

1810 Born in Derby, England.

Employed at the Newcastle works of Robert Stephenson and Co

c.1835 Emigrated to the USA.

c.1838-1849 Engineer to the Auburn State Prison; during this period he was also chief engineer to the firm of Dennis, Wood and Russell of Auburn, which built several locomotives.

1849 Became Master Mechanic of the Attica & Buffalo RR.

1856 Appointed Superintendent of the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Co., where he remained until his death.[1]

1881 Died in USA.

For information on improvements introduced by Hudson at Rogers Locomotive and Machine Co, see the 1975 Paper by Ralph J. Leo[2]. As well as imprrovements in locomotive design, Hudson concerned himself with production engineering, designing, for example, a specialised cylinder boring mill, which was produced by William Sellers and Co.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'A History of the American Locomotive: Its Development, 1830-1880' By John H. White, Jr. Dover Publications,
  2. [2] 'An Examination of the Technology that evolved from the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Company, Paterson, NJ' by Ralph J. Leo, 1975