oldpway.info Biographies (M) page

This page provides short biographies of people associated with old permanent way, with surnames beginning with M. They are arranged in alphabetical order of surname. They provide links to related information and to any on-line detailed biographies that are available. For abbreviations used, see list in glossary.

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Short Biographies (M)

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Melville, W.

Chief Engineer of Glasgow & South Western Railway in 1905. Member of 1905 REA committee on "Standardization of Permanent Way Rail Joints", see Ross_1905.

Meredith, William Lewis

Born 15 August 1843 at Argoed, Monmouth. Died July 1924. Son of a Permanent Way inspector. Grandson of William Lewis ap Meredydd. Early career was on the tramroads between Sirhowy and Nine Mile Point, South Wales. Appointed as draughtsman to Andrew Johnson, Chief Engineer, MR, in 1870. Appointed as Superintendent of Way and Works at Nottingham in 1877. Introduced a system for the training and selection of inspectors and sub-inspectors of permanent way. Transferred to Superintendent of Way and Works at Gloucester. Founded the Institution of Permanent Way Inspectors in 1884 and was first president. The Institution was renamed the Permanent Way Institution in 1895. Editor of PWI Journal, 1884 - 1891 and 1903. Remained at Gloucester until retired in 1895. Various contract work, 1895 - 1909. Photo in PWI 100 years p.11.

Meredydd, William Lewis ap

Grandfather of William Lewis Meredith. Pioneer of track maintenance and engaged in this work in the neighbourhood of Sirhowy during 1798 - 1836. He maintained the track of the Sirhowy tramroad (a plateway) apparently as a contractor, between 1811 and 1836.

Mills, William Hemingway. MInstCE

President of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland, pre-1898. Engineer-in-Chief of GNRI, 1898. Author of 1898 book “Railway Construction”.

Mitchell, Joseph

Chief Engineer of proposed Perth & Inverness Railway. Chief Engineer of Inverness & Nairn Railway, Inverness & Aberdeen Junction Railway and Inverness & Perth Junction Railway, until 1863. From 1863 to June 1865 Joseph Mitchell’s private company acted as Chief Engineer for these same three companies. In June 1865 they merged to become the Highland Railway.

Morgan, [Sir] Charles L.

Chief Engineer of LBSCR, Early 1900s.

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