Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

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

Thomas Hurry Riches - (1846 - 1911)

1908 - Thomas Hurry Riches, Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Taff Vale Company.

1908 - Mr. Thomas Hurry Riches, Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Taff Vale Railway Company. A photograph and account of his life and work taken from the 1908 South Wales Coal Annual. [039]

Mr Hurry Riches is buried at Cathays Cemetery L 867.

 

ENGINEER TO THE TAFF VALE RAILWAY. 'The excellence of the shipping appliances at the Penarth Docks is due largely to the great engineering skill of Mr. T. Hurry Riches, M.I.C.E., J.P., the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Taff Vale Company.

Mr. Riches received his training in the Locomotive Works of the Taff Vale Railway Company, which he joined in 1863.

Following the completion of his apprenticeship in 1868, he added to his experience by work at sea, and spent some years in obtaining a varied experience of engineering.

He twice won the Whitworth Scholarship, and in 1871 re-entered the service of the Taff Vale Company.

In 1872 he was appointed Locomotive Superintendent, and has held this important post for thirty-five years, during which period the Taff Vale Yard has become known as one of the best locomotive building training grounds in the country.

One of the leading authorities of locomotive construction in the United Kingdom, Mr. Riches has occupied the position of President of the Association of Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendents of the United Kingdom, and of the South Wales Institute of Engineers.

In 1907 he was made President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a position which counts amongst its previous occupants such names as Stephenson, Fairburn, Whitworth, and Lowthian Bell.

In 1908 he received the signal honour of re-election ; and in the same year was appointed President of the Mechanical Engineering Section of the Franco-British Exhibition.' [039]

 
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