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Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Index to Volume Seven - The People - Dock Family Trees - Railway and Dock Company Officials . . .

Ammon Beasley - (xxxx-1923)

Mr. Ammon Beasley, General Manager of the Taff Vale Railway Company.

Mr. Ammon Beasley, General Manager of the Taff Vale Railway Company. An account from the 1908 South Wales Coal Annual. [039]

"THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE COMPANY, Mr. Ammon Beasley, entered the service of the Great Western Railway Company in the late fifties at Wolverhampton. After a period of rapid promotion, he in 1863 joined the staff of the late Mr. Grierson, when the latter was appointed to the post of General Manager of the Great Western Railway, and three years later he was offered and accepted the chief position in the general manager's department.

In 1891 he was appointed General Manager of the Taff Vale Railway Company. The difficulties which Mr. Beasley had to face have already been referred to, and the manner in which he rehabilitated the Company, enforced drastic economies, increased efficiency, and discovered new and developed existing sources of revenue, has stamped him as one of the strongest men in the British railway world.

In the presentation of a case to Parliamentary Committees, Royal Commissions, or in the Courts of Law, on behalf of his Company, or of the general body of railways or dockowners, Mr. Beasley is recognized as one of the most able witnesses.

His close knowledge of law in its bearing on railway, dock, and labour questions was responsible for what is now known in history as the " Taff Vale Case," in which, after a prolonged struggle, the Taff Vale Company recovered £23,000 from the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, as damages resulting from a strike on the Company's system.

A rigid disciplinarian, he has succeeded in establishing a high standard of efficiency among the large staff under his supervision ; but happily mingled with his strong belief in the virtue of thorough discipline, is a great tactfulness and a close interest in the real permanent welfare of those in the service, and there are few if any railway companies in the country where ties of deeper affect on bind the servants to the management.

When the Bristol Channel Dock Owners' Association was formed three years ago, Mr. Beasley was unanimously appointed its President, and under his direction this Association has already been able to exercise a very considerable influence on recent administrative and legislative changes relating to dock questions.

The thoroughness of his methods in administration, his experience of everything appertaining to railway and dock management, together with his commanding personality, have contributed in securing for him the esteem of his contemporaries and a permanent place amongst the men who have been the leaders in the industrial building of South Wales."

In the annual accounts of the Taff Vale Railway Company for the year ended 31st December 1921, Ammon Beasley Esq., is confirmed as being the Deputy-chairman of the company and residing at the Lindens, Penarth, Glamorgan.

His death was announced in 1923 - "Mr. Ammon BEASLEY, former general manager of Taff Vale Railway, (and later Director) and a Director of the Cardiff of the Cardiff Pontoon and Slipway Company, just celebrated his 68th birthday. Mr. Ammon BEASLEY, lives at The Lindens, Penarth". Western Mail [036] November 1923.

   
1895 - Beasley, Ammon, manager Taff Vale railway, North cliff, Paget place, Penarth - Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire & S Wales - [175]
   
1898 - The Interior of Mr. A Beasley's Private Office, Taff Vale Railway, Cardiff.
1898 - The Interior of Mr. A Beasley's Private Office, Taff Vale Railway, Cardiff. - The Railway Magazine [735] July 1898. [20190909]
   
Mr. Ammon Beasley, Taff Vale Railway, Cardiff.
1898 - Mr. Ammon Beasley, Taff Vale Railway, Cardiff. - The Railway Magazine [735] July 1898.
 
   
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