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The Inspecting Officers were appointed by the Board of Trade to investigate accidents and to ensure that new railways and major works were safe and could be opened. They were closely involved in improving braking systems, signalling and the advancement of automatic train control. Jack Simmons wrote about them in an Oxford Companion entry entitled inspectors, government and to some extent under Trade, Board of and in a more leisured way in The  Express Train Chapter 14 where Tyler's appreciation of the harshness of Victorian working conditions is questioned. Although he cross-refered from the former to the latter and to accidents, this entry which is wooly fails to acknowledge the key role of the Inspecting Officers, Virtually all were Royal Engineers, and were typically field officers, but some were generals. Some of the basic information has come from Dawn Smith which in turn cited Stanley Hall's Railway detectives..

Addison, G.W.
Lt. Col. Inspecting Officer 1895-9.Dawn Smith .

Anderson, Edward Philip
Born Wavertree, Liverpool, on 30 March 1883. Inspecting Officer from 1929. Educated at Rugby and RMA Woolwich. Apart from service in France and Belgium during WW1 where he won DSO served on North Western Railway in India from 1904-1914 and on Khyber Railway construction rom 1922-4. Who Was Who.

Campbell, Charles
Reported on three accidents on LNER lines in Scotland during 1929. NBRSG Journal, 1994 (56), 21.

Coddington, Joshua William
Captain: Inspecting Officer 1844-7. Born at Glenmore, County Meath, on 5 December,1802; died at Chester following an amputation of a leg on 1 December 1853.  After studying under Dr. Carpendale of Armagh, he entered the Royal Military College, at Woolwich, obtained his commission in the corps of Royal Engineers, on 25 April 1826, and was employed for several years on the Ordnance Survey, in Ireland, whence he was removed to the Island of Bermuda, where he remained about seven years, having charge, during the latter part of that period, of the extensive works of defence for covering the dockyard at Ireland Island.
On returning to England in 1840 he served professionally at Woolwich and in Scotland, until he received the appointment, in 1844, of one of the Inspectors of Railways, under the Board of Trade, which post he held for three years. During that period he had been frequently solicited by railway companies to undertake the general management of their lines, and eventually he accepted the post of General Manager of the Caledonian Railway, tendered to him on very advantageous terms, and under a guarantee of tenure for ten years.
On entering upon the duties of that position he resigned his appointment under the Board of Trade, and retired from the army. For five years he devoted all his untiring energies to the service of the Company, with that zeal and intelligence for which he was remarkable, and yet with such conciliatory manner and kindness, as to render himself respected and beloved by all who were brought into contact with him.
At the expiration of that period he relinquished the charge, and was for some time chiefly engaged as arbitrator in litigated cases between railway companies; at length he accepted temporarily the general direction of the Chester and Shrewsbury Railway, and whilst  working there it was discovered that there existed a deep-seated disease of the femur, which eventually  led to the amputation of the limb. In every relation of life Captain Coddington was a truly estimable man, beloved and respected by all who knew him, as was testified by the respect and esteem entertained for him by all the Engineers with whom he came into contact, as Inspector of Railways, and by the affecting letter of condolence unanimously addressed to his widow, by the members of the establishment of the Caledonian Railway, who had served with and under him. He was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1845, and served on the Council in 1847, frequently attended the meetings, and took part in the discussions, and was always ready to add to the collections of the archives, to afford information to the Members, and to contribute in any way to the advancement of the Society .Graces Guide.  Dawn Smith Inspected Trent Valley Railwy: Mathams and Barrett Backtrack, 2014, 28, 4. Inspected first part of Blackburn, Darwen & Bolton Railway see Backtrack, 2015, 29, 366.

Cooksey, Alan
Chartered Civil Engineer who joined the Railway Inspectorate in 1975 as an Employment Inspector having previously worked on the London Midland Region being mainly concerned with bridge and electrification works. He was promoted to the new post of Deputy Chief Inspecting Officer in 1988. Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

Druitt, Edward
Commissioned in 1873. Lt. Col. in Royal Engineers . Inspecting Officer 1900-18: conducted the accident enquiry into Quintishill disaster of 22 May 1915. See Nock's Historic railway disasters (portrait p. 287). Died in Edinburgh on 25 July 1922. Enquiry into Waterloo derailment of Liverpool to Southport express hauled by 2-4-2T on 15 July 1903 conducted by Druitt is considered by John C. Hughes in Backtrack, 2017, 31, 548. 

Galton, Douglas

Gibbens, Edward Brian
Report of the public inquiry [held by Brian Gibbens, QC into the accident at Hixon Level Crossing on 6 January 1968 (Cmnd. 3706)

Hall, E.
Lt. Col. in Royal Engineers . Inspecting Officer 1919-27.

Hall, G.L.

Harness, Henry Drury
Born 29 April 1804. Educated at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. In 1846 became Secretary for the Railway Commission which arbitrated. (in his case on behalf of) the Post Office and the railways. ODNB entry by R.H. Vetch, revised by James Lunt. Mentioned in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

Hewison, Chtristian H.
Born in 1909 in Worsborough Dale in 1909 where his father was a curate. In 1913 his father became Vicar of Thurgoland, moving to Marr near Doncaster in late 1916. In 1926 Christian became a Premium Apprentice at Doncaster Works.and studied Civil Engineering at Sheffield University. On completion of his apprenticeship he joined the running side and eventually became shed master of places like Melton Constable and Ipswich which are asssociated with Dick Hardy.After a eriod at he Rugby Testing Plant he joined the Railway Inspectorate in 1953.

Hidden, Anthony
Born 7 March 1936; died 19 February 2016. Barrister, Queen's Counsel and later Judge. Chaired enquiry into the 1988 Clapham Junction rail crash. Educated at Reigate Grammar School becoming head boy in 1954, and graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1957. He served with the Royal Tank Regiment, and was called to the Bar 1961. He was made a Queen's counsel in 1976, appointed as a recorder in 1977, and for four years served as presiding judge on the South-East circuit. At the invitation of Paul Channon, the Secretary of State for Transport, Hidden chaired an enquiry into the causes of the 12 December 1988 Clapham Junction rail crash, in which 35 people died and nearly 500 were injured. He won praise for his unrelenting approach throughout the 56-day hearing, and for the thoroughness of his report. The enquiry report (known as the Hidden Report) made 93 recommendations for safety and other improvements, including the adoption of the Automatic Train Protection system. Mainly ikipedia (29-05-2017); also Stanley Hall's Railway detectives. who puts Hidden into a broader context.  

Hutchinson, Charles Scrope
Born in Hythe (Kent) on 8 August 1826; died Blackheath on 29 February, 1912. Major General. in Royal Engineers who conducted the accident enquiry into Armagh disaster of 12 June 1889. He inspected both the Tay and Forth bridges. Inspector of Railways 1867-1895 (last three Chief) (Who Was Who).. See Nock's Historic railway disasters (Chapter 5 and portrait p. 287). Nock notes that he. had an elder Sapper brother who was responsible for demolition of Round Down cliff at Dover for Sir William Cubitt during construction of South Eastern Railway. He obtained his commission in 1843, becoming a substantive colonel in 1876, in which year he retired with the honorary rank of major-general. From 1867 to 1895 he held the appointment of Inspector of Railways to the Board of Trade. Member of Special Committee appointed to inquire into certain schemes for the improvement of railway communication on the western coast of Scotland. See Backtrack, 2015, 29, 356.  Major-General Hutchinson was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 3rd March, 1874. Biography in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

King, Anthony (Tony) Gwyn Burton
Died on 20 December 2014. Buried in Bicknoller (Somerset) where he had retired. Major King reported on the Polmont accident in which a train being pushed by a Type 47/7 collided with a stray cow and this led to 13 deaths and 17 serious injuries. He also reported on the Taunton sleeping car accident (fire).

Laffan, Robert Michael
Born in Skehana (Ireland) on 14 August 1819. Educated at Pontlevoy in France and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Served in Natal in campaigns against the Boers and in Mauritius. In 1847 he was made the Commanding Royal Engineer for Belfast. From 1847 to 1852 he was Inspector of Railways for the Board of Trade. Eventually he became Governor of Bermuda, became a KCMG, Lieutenant General and died in Bermuda on 22 March 1882. . ODNB entry by R.H. Vetch, revised by Alex May. As Captain inspected Montrose terminus of Aberdeen Railway in 1848 (Nisbet Backtrack, 2012, 26, 526). Mentioned in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

Langley, Charles Ardagh
Born in Cork on 23 August 1897; died 21 November 1987. Educated  Cheltenham College; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich Served WW1: commissioned in Royal Engineers, 1915; France, 1916, served in field co. and as Adjutant to divisional engineers (MC and Bar). Subsequently took course of higher military engineer training, including one year at Cambridge University; Railway Training Centre, Longmoor, 1922–27; seconded to Great Indian Peninsular Railway, 1927–33, in connection with electrification of Bombay-Poona main line, including construction of power station at Kalyan; Railway Training Centre, Longmoor, 1933–38; various appointments, including Chief Instructor of Railways, War Office, 1938–40; War of 1939–45: responsible for initial transportation developments in Middle East; later formed Transportation Training Centre for raising and training Docks and Inland Water Transport troops of Indian Engineers. Dep. Quartermaster-Gen. (Movements and Transportation), Allied Land Forces, South East Asia Command, 1943–45 (despatches, CBE); Commandant, Transportation Training Centre, Longmoor, 1946. Inspecting Officer of Railways, 1946–58, Chief Inspecting Officer, 1958–63, Ministry of Transport. Consultant: British Railways Board, 1963–66; Transmark, 1972–73; Projects Manager, UKRAS (Consultants) Ltd, 1966–69, Managing Director, 1969–72. Consultant, Kennedy & Donkin, 1974–81. Author of several military text books on transportation (Ottley 5574; 11490; 11491 not the textbooks!). CB 1962; CBE 1945. Observations on propsal to modify Forth Bridge to accept road traffic see Backtrack, 2016, 30, 398). Paragraph in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

McMullen, Denis
Born 21 April 1902; died 3 June 1973. Educated Cheltenham College; Royal Military Academy (Woolwich). Commissioned in Royal Engineers, 1921; posted India, 1924; seconded Indian State Railways (North Western Railway), 1925–39. WW2 service in France, Iraq and India. Controller of Railways, Allied Commn, Austria, 1945–46; seconded to Indian State Railways (N.W. Railway), 1946–47; seconded to Pakistan State Railways (N.W. Railway) (Chief Operating Superintendent), 1947–48. Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways, Ministry of Transport, 1963–68 (Inspecting Officer, from 1948). Colonel in Royal Engineers. He conducted the accident enquiry into the Hither Green derailment of 5 November 1967 caused by a broken rail.. See Nock's Historic railway disasters (portrait p. 288). Paragraph in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

McNaughton, Lt-Col Ian Kenneth Arnold
Born 30 June 1920. Education Loretto School. Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; RMCS Shrivenham. WW2 served in North West Europe. Inspecting Officer of Railways, Ministry of Transport from 1963 — Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways, Department of Transport, 1974–82. Retired 1963. Chairman., Railways Industry Advisory. Committee, Health and Safety Commnission, 1978–82. Paper: Price of safety. Proc. Instn Mech. Engrs., 1977, 191, 1.  Paragraph in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives.

Marindin, [Sir] Francis Arthur
Wikepedia lists place of birth as Weymouth on 1 May 1838 and death as London 21 April 1900: buried at Craigflower, Dunfermline. Educated at Eton and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Served in Crimean War. When Colonel in Royal Engineers, became Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways between 1895 and 1899: he had been an Inspecting Officer since 1877. He encouraged Sapper soccer and was President of the Football Association for several years. ODNB entry M.A. Bryant. . See Nock's Historic railway disasters. Portrait with biography Rly Arch, 2012 (37), 24 upper. Preliminary inspection of West Highland Railway. NBRSG Jounal, 1994 (56), 4.

Melhuish, S.C.
Briefly assistant Inspecting Officer of Railways in 1840. Dawn Smith. Simmons also mentions Captain Melhuish in The express train on page 215.

Moore, J.L.M.
Civilian ("Mr") who reported on Craigenhill firebox collape on No. 6224 on 10 September 1940. Hewison. Reported on accidents between 1929 and 1953. Reported on fatality of guard at St. Margarets (Hertfordshire) on 22 August 1929 NBRSG Journal, 1994 (56), 21. Reported on South Pelaw derailment in 1942 (Locomotive Mag., 1942, 48, 166) and several other WW2 accidents including boiler explosions. See NBRSG Journal for Harry Knox's account of Granton accident in 1953. Called Director General, Ministry of War Transport in report on Beighton accident in which 14 soldiers were killed: see Locomotive Mag., 1942, 48, 72

Mount, [Sir] Alan Henry Lawrence
Born in Welwyn in 1881, died 13 August 1955. Educated at Bradfield College and Coopers Hill. Served with the Royal Engineers; a time which included experience on the North Western Railway in India. Chief Inspecting Officer Railways (from 1929 until 1942; previously Inspecting Officer from 1919) (he had investigated the serious derailments of Maunsell's 2-6-4Ts, most notably one which immediately preceded the one at Sevenoaks) and was Chairman of the Pacific Locomotive Committee which investigated rhe serious derailments of Indian locomotives which had been supplied by British locomotive manufacturers. Cox was a member of this Committee and this activity is described (and the members of the Committee are illustrated) in Volume 2 of Cox's Locomotive panorama. The 190pp Report (outlined in Locomotive Mag., 1939, 45, 215) was published in Delhi in 1939. The cause of the derailments was poor bogie design and this was established by the French Member Léguille. Mount commented upon his Iandian experiences at a joint meeting of the Locomotive, Civil and Mechanical Engineers: this is reported in J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1943, 33, 226-7. See also Nock's Historic railway disasters (including portrait p. 288). Knighted in 1941. Photograph on board SS Narkunda with Alan Mount on voyage back to Europe following Indian Pacific inquiry see Cox Locomotive panorama Volume 2..

Olver, Peter Michael
Born in September 1924; died 26 July 2009. Following a career in the Royal Engineers he joined the Railway Inspectorate as a Major in 1965 and did not retire until 1989. He specialized in safey on the growing number of preserved railways and in accidents at level crossings. Based mainly on Stanley Hall's Railway detectives. Body and Parker Real railway tales: from taking the marks to double derailment

Pasley, [General Sir] Charles William
Born Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire on 8 September 1780, and died in London on 19 April 1861. (Marshall). Excellent biography by Jack Simmons in Oxford Companion which makes it even more absurd that ODNB entry by R.H. Vetch (some sort of weed) supposedly revised by John Sweetham fails to make anything of his contribution to railway safety. Established Royal Engineers Institution at Chatham. Inspector of Railways at Board of Trade 1841-6. Diary at British Library: see Parrish, H.W. Pasley's Diary: a neglected source of railway history. J. Transport Hist., 1963, 6, 14-23. Ottley 5361a. Contributed to discussion on Crampton paper in Proc. Instn Civil Engineers, 1849, 8, 254-5. Simmons also contributed further appreciation of Pasley in The express train on page 215.

Pickard, Lieut-Col Jocelyn Arthur Adair
Born 1885; died 18 April 1962. Education Rugby; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Commissioned Royal Engineers, 1904; During WW1 served in France and received DSO in 1918. Had served in London Traffic Branch, Board of Trade, 1912–14; and following WW1 the Ministry of Transport, Director, Tramways and Road Services Branch; Assistant Inspecting Officer of Railways, 1919–23; Chief Executive. Officer, Royal. Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 1923–50, CBE 1948 

Pringle, [Sir] John Wallace
Born in India in 1863. Died 16 July 1938 at Cuckfield aged 75. When 20 he was given a commission in the Royal Engineers, and served with the Burmese Expedition in 1885-6. From 1891 he was mainly associated with railway work, and directed the survey of the Uganda Rly. In 1896 he was appointed superintending engineer on the survey and construction of the Hyderabad-Godavery Valley Rly. Later he became lnspecting Officer of Railways for the Board of Trade (from 1900) — Chief Inspecting Officer 1916–29. Conducted the accident enquiry into the Sevenoaks derailment of 24 August 1927. See Nock's Historic railway disasters (portrait p. 288). Chaired two high-powered Committees to investigate the general adoption of automatic train control on British railways (following the adoption of an electro-mechanical system on the GWR). The first reported in April 1922: its members were W.C. Acfield, Signalling Superintendent of the Midland Railway,;E.C. Cox, Superintendent of the Line, SECR; Major Edmonds of the Ministry of Transport; H.N. Gresley, Locomotive Engineer, GNR; Major Hall, Inspecting Office, Ministry of Transport, J.H. Thomas, General Secretary, NUR; and Sir Robert Turnbull, a Director of the LNWR. The second committee reported in 1930, its members were H.C. Charleton, MP; C.B. Collett, E.C. Cox, Chief Operating Superintendent of the SR; Gresley, Lt. Col. G.L. Hall, Assistant Engineer, Signals & Telegraphs, SR, A. Newlands, Chief Civil Engineer, LMS, J. Sayers, Telegraph Superintendent, LMS and E.A. Wilson, Chief Engineer to the Metropolitan Railway. As was shown later at Harrow & Wealdstone (and elsewhere) little was done outside the GWR. He was also Chairman of the Electrification of Railways Advisory Committee which reported in 1928 (see R.A.S. Hennessey. 'Sparks' – the electrical consultants. Backtrack, 2008, 22, 564-9) Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1938, 28, 504-5. Also Marshall. His Report into the Ais Gill accident is considered in great depth by the late Peter Robinson in Backtrack, 2014, 28, 666 and 2015, 29, 46. See Harry Knox article in NBR Study Group J., 2016 (129) 28.

Reed, W.P.
Inspecting Officer in 1950s and 1960s: as yet no personal details. See Peter Tatlow's review of Richard Westwood's The Hixon railway disaster: the inside story in Backtrack, 2018, 32, 574

Rich, Francis H.
Joined Royal Engineers in 1840. Colonel from 1873. Inspecting Officer Railways: 1861-85: Chief 1885-9. Brief biography in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives. Dawn Smith.

Robertson, Col John Richard Hugh
Born 18 November 1912; died 20 February 1977. Educated Aysgarth School.; Wellington College; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (Prize Cadet, Cadet School., Army Schol., and Sword of Honour; boxing, athletics and pentathlon teams); Served WW2 (BEF, 1939; Norway, 1940) Chief Instructor Transportation Training Centre, UK, 1946; then varied career; Inspecting Officer of Railways, 1959. Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways, Department of the Environment, 1969–73. CBE 1974 (OBE 1951) See also comments made on J.M. Jarvis: Fire precautions in locomotives and rolling stock. Rly Div. J., 1971, 2,: 127-9. Reported on accident at Coton Hill, Shrewsbury on 11 January 1965: see Backtrack, 2015, 29, 378. Paragraph in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives whhich mentions his courageous battle with arthritis which not prevent him inspecting bridge clearances on the West Coast main line electrification when he sat in a chair on the flat roof of an inspection vehicle in mid-winter.

Rose, Major Charles Frederick (Freddie)
Born 9 July 1926; Education Xaverian College, Brighton; Royal School of Military Engineering, 1951–52 and 1957–59 Career: Student engineer, Southern Railway Co., 1942–46; commissioned RE, 1947; service with military railways, Palestine and Egypt, 1947–51; Germany, 1952–53; Korea, 1953–54; Inspecting Officer of Railways, 1968–82; Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways, Dept of Transport, 1982–88. Chairman., Anglo-French Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, 1987–89. independent consultant in railway engineering and safety, 1989–98 CBE 1988 (MBE 1968). Comment on flexibility of electric multiple unit operation in discussion of Warder ILocoE paper

Ross, G.
Inspecting Officer 1858-61.  Dawn Smith

Seymour, Robin J.
Robin Seymour joined the Railway Inspectorate as Chief Inspecting Officer in 1988, having previously been with the Health & Safety Executive. He been working since 1984 as Her Majesty's Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories in the Hazardous Substances Division.
A Cambridge graduate, Mr Seymour served as HM Inspector of Factories in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Midlands dealing with health and safety in a wide range of industries, before being appointed District Inspector for Stirling in 1966.
In 1973 he moved to the London headquarters of the Inspectorate, anc the establishment of the Health & Safety Executive he worked for several years in the Executive's Safety Policy Division, later serving as Area Director of the Inspectorate's North West London area. In 1982 he returned to the Inspectorate HQ on promotion to Deputy Chief Inspector with responsibility for Area offices in Scotland and the North of England; he moved to the Railway Inspectorate six years later.

Simmons, John Lintorn Arabin
Simmons was born on 12 February 1821 at Langford, Churchill, (place of birth corrected 2009-03-13) in Somerset. He was the fifth son of Lieutenant Thomas F. Simmons, a Royal Artillery Officer. He was educated at Elizabeth College Guernsey (where his father was serving) and at the Royal Military College in Woolwich. He was commissioned on 14 December 1837 as a Royal Engineer and sent to Chatham for further study under Col. Sir Charles Pasley who was to become Chief Inspector of Railways in 1841, until deprived of this post following the collapse of bridges on the NBR due to flooding. Simmons spent six years in Canada, and on his return was sent to Chester to provide expertise on the bridge collapse there on 24 May 1847. Captain Simmons recommended a Royal Commission on the Application of Iron to Railway Structures. He inspected the Conway Tubular Bridge and perfprmed load-deflection tests upon it (Backtrack, 2018, 32, 518). Subsequently, he became involved as an advisor to the Turkish Army and rose in rank. He became Governor of the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, was involved in the Royal Commission on Railway Accidents of 1874, became a full General in 1877, the Govenor of Malta between 1884 and 1888 where his diplomatic skills were used in negotiations with the Pope. He retired on 28 September 1888 and was made a Field Marshall in 1890. He died at Blackwater (Hants) on 14 February 1903 and is buried in Churchill, Somerset. See Stanley Hall's Railway detectives; Horne Backtrack 16 504 and Horne Backtrack, 15, 148. ODNB biography by R.H. Vetch revised by James Lunt. Susan Hots in Chrimes. Cartoon Rly Arch, 2012 (37), 20 upper.

Smith, [General Sir] John Mark Frederic
Born in London on 11 January 1790 into a military family, and died in London on 20 November 1874. Became a general in 1863 and was a senior Colonel Commandant of the Royal Engineers. For a time he was Inspector General of Railways and reported on the London & Birmingham Railway. He was Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into railway gauges, and one of the Commissioners who investigated London termini. In 1841 he reported with Peter Barlow on railway communication between London and Scotland. Marshall. Lawrance Hurst in Chrimes. R.H. Vetch, revised James Falkner in ODNB. Simmons also contributed further appreciation of Smith in The express train on page 215.

Thomson, R.
Simmons mentions Lt. Col. Thomson as assistant to Pasley in 1840 in The express train on page 215.

Trench, Arthur Henry Chenevix [Who's Who entry under Chenevix]
Boro 28 April 1884; died 12 January 1968. Served WW1 in Mesopotamia  Rly Mag., 1927, 61, 496/7 notes that appointed an Inspecting Officer of Railways. Educated at Charterhouse and Royal Military Academy Woolwich. Commissioned in Royal Engineers in 1903. In 1911 appointed Assistant Electrical Engineer at the Delhi Durbar. Photograph p. 497.  Secretary to the Weir Committee: Colonel: Inspecting Officer accident reports c1936-c1950: Who Was Who Saltcoats accident 5 August 1939: see Locomotive Mag., 1939, 45, 348. 

Tyler, [Sir] Henry Watley
Born on 7 March 1827 and died on 30 January 1908 in London. Educated Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. In 1852 married Margaret, daughter of Lieut General Sir Charles Pasley, first Government Inspector of Railways. Appointed a Government Inspector for Railways in 1853: Chief Inspector 1870-7. Became closely involved with Grand Trunk Railway of Canada. MP for Harwich 1880-5 and for Great Yarmouth 1885-92. Deputy Chairman GER. Became chairman of the British Westinghouse Co. Biography in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives. Not in ODNB, but excellent thumbnail biography by Jack Simmons in Oxford Companion and further in The express train on page 215.. Marshall.
Papers
On the Festiniog Railway for passengers. Min. Proc. Instn Civ. Engrs., 1865, 24. (Paper 1130) .
On the working of steep gradients and sharp curves on railways. Min. Proc. Instn Civ. Engrs., 1867, 26. (Paper 1160) 

Von Donop, P[elham] George.
Born 28 April 1851; died 7 November. 1921. Educated Somerset College, Bath.. Lt. Col. in Royal Engineers who became an Inspecting Officer of Railways in 1899. He conducted the accident enquiry into the Grantham derailment of 9 September 1906, Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways, Board of Trade, 1913–16. Had played for the team which won the Football Association Cup in 1875. See Nock's Historic railway disasters (portrait p. 287). Wikepedia gives first name from when playing soccer. Who Was Who.

Walker, R.J.
Colonel active mainly in Scotland during early years of British Railways: investigated fires in trains in Penmanshiel Tunnel and near Huntingdon; and collisions in a tunnel near Bridgeton in Glasgow, at Euston, and a serious one at Pollokshields East and at occupation crossing on the Western Region when three agricultural workers were killed but the train was not derailed For fatal accident at Strathmiglo see NBR Study Group J., 2008 (103), 3-5..

Wilson, George Robert Stewart [Bob]
Born Devizes on 17 April 1896 and died in London on 20 March 1958. Educated at Marlborough College and Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. Served with Royal Engineers during WW1, and following that he became an instructor at Longmoor following which he joined Railway Inspectorate. With rank of Lt Col he became Chief Inspecting Officer in 1949 and was responsible for the report on the Harrow & Wealdstone disaster of 8 October 1952. He was working on the Lewisham disaster of 4 December 1957 at the time of his death. He was involved in advising the Ministry of Transport on Automatic Warning Systems. Marshall. See  also Nock's Historic railway disasters (portrait p. 288). Stanley Hall (Railway detectives)notes that "Bob Wilson was something of a railway 'bufP. In this schooldays he contrived to frequent a certain Wiltshire signalbox, and he continued throughout his life to correspond with the signalman who first taught him the rudiments of railway operation. His remarkable bent for mechanical engineering found expression in his delighted study of locomotives, of which he was a connoisseur, and he was completely at home on the footplate. One story told about him concerns the engine of the 'Sud Express' behind which he and his family were travelling to the Basque country on holiday. It developed a fault and the train came to a stand, whereupon Bob Wilson went to the front of the train and helped the driver to locate and adjust the fault."

Woodhouse, Ernest
Commandant of the Railway Training Centre at Longmoor (Locomotive Mag., 1930, 36. 317 (page 322)). Inspecting Officer and eager member of Festiniog Railway. Died 25 November 1971 (Festipedia). Investigated accidants at Doncaster on 24 March 1934 and at Guidea Park on 2 January 1947.

Wynne, George
Born 1804; diesd 1890 (Baker and Fell Rly Arch., 2013, (40), 2.) Lt. Colonel Inspection Officer: 1847-58 Dawn Smith. Inpected Sough Tunnel on Blackburn, Darwen & Bolton Raiulway on 9 June 1848 see Backtrack, 2015, 29, 366. . As Captain inspected Montrose terminus of Aberdeen Railway in 1848 (Nisbet Backtrack, 2012, 26, 526). In 1857 investigated collision of two coal trains in Shugborough Tunnel: see Baker and Fell. Mentioned in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives. .

Yolland, [Col.] William
Born in Plympton St Mary on 17 March 1810 and died on 5 September 1885 (places and revised dates taken from Chrimes in Chrimes pp. 816-17) in Atherstone (a temporary abode according to ODNB) (Marshall). Jack Simmons (Oxford Companion): excellent concise biography. Royal Engineer (trained Royal Academy Woolwich): longest serving of all Board of Trade Inspectors of Railways (1854-77). He served on the Tay Bridge Commission with W.H. Barlow and Henry Cadogan Rothery, the Commissioner of Wrecks, which investigated the failure of the bridge. Very strict in his investigations, but not harsh. Deakin (Trans. Newcomen Soc, 1929, 9, 1) stated that Yolland suggested interlocking between points and signals (report into Brockley Whins accident of 6 December 1870 is highly forthright in his report). Saught greater Government control over railways. Biography in Stanley Hall's Railway detectives who calls him a colourful and fiery character.  R.H. Vetch revised C.G. Matthew (ODNB) adds that underpass between Westbourne Park and Bishop's Road beneath GWR approach roads to Paddington was constructed by a reluctant Metropolitan Railway at the behest of Yolland: only trouble is that literary types at ODNB refer to this as "submerged" as if Great Western Canal. He condemned the Great Northern link with the Metropolitan at King's Cross, but could not prevent it from opening: see Barnes Rly Wld, 1963, 24, 425. Reported on the sad death of Sir Francis Goldsmid who fell to his impendind death on alighting from a moving train at Waterloo in 1878 (Backtrack, 2016, 30, 182).. Simmons also comments on Yolland in The express train on page .

Yorke, [Lt Col. Sir] [Horatio] Arthur
Born 3 June 1848; died 10 December 1930 {The Times obituary]. Educated Cheam school, Charterhouse and Sandhurst (passed out in 1865), and the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. Joined Royal Engineers in 1869. Served in Afghan War 1879-80 and Nile Expedition 1884-5. Inspector of Railways from 1891, Chief Inspector of Railways from 1900 until retirement in 1913. Visit to United States on behalf of Board of Trade in 1903: see Locomotive Mag., 1904, 8, 291. Paper (The organization and administration of an American railway) presented at Institution Civil Engineers Conference in 1903. Attended International Railway Congress in Washington in 1905 and Berne in 1910. Director of SECR, Grand Trunk Railway of Canada and of GWR. Marshall.  and BDCE3. Further comment on Yorke's character in correspondence relating to Welshampton accident: see J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2011 (211) letter from Peter Johnson

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