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 . . .

George Thomas Sibbering - (1861-xxxx)

Mr. George Thomas Sibbering, Engineer to the Taff Vale Railway Company. An account from the 1908 South Wales Coal Annual. [039]

THE CHIEF ENGINEER TO THE TAFF VALE RAILWAY. Mr. George T. Sibbering is a native of Glamorgan, and was articled to Mr. Samuel Harpur, formerly Engineer and Surveyor to the Merthyr Tydfil Public Health Authority, at that time probably one of the largest Local Boards of Health in the United Kingdom.

On the completion of his articles, Mr. Sibbering joined the Engineering Staff of the Rhymney Railway, where he was engaged on the construction of the Quaker's Yard and Merthyr Joint Lines and other works.

In 1883 he took up an appointment as an Assistant Engineer on the Taff Vale Railway, and was appointed Chief Engineer in 1893. From that time up to the present the whole of the important Engineering Works, including New Railways at Llantrisant, Ynisfach, Roath Branch, Ynysybwl, Cadoxton and Cilfynydd Branches, the Llandaff Loop, as well as the extensive improvements at Penarth Dock, and Pontypridd Station, and other parts of the Company's System, have been carried out by him, he having been responsible for designing and constructing the whole of the important works carried out for the Company.

Mr. Sibbering has had extensive experience in Parliamentary matters, and has represented the Taff Vale Company on all important Bills affecting the Railway during the period in which he has held his present position. He was elected a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1896.

He is also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, of the South Wales Institute of Engineers, and a Vice-President of the Permanent Way Institution, and he is also an active Member of various. learned and scientific Societies.

1894 - Taff Vale Railway - The Appointment of Engineer - 'The "Railway Times" says : - At a meeting of the Taff Vale Railway directors on Tuesday Mr. Sibbering was appointed to succeed Mr. Brewer pro tem. as engineer of the Company.' - Western Mail [036] [136] 1st October 1894 - [20180526]
1904 - A letter from George T. Sibbering, Engineer at the Taff Vale Railway, Engineer's Office, Cardiff dated 12th May 1904 to Mr. Ed. Edwards, Secretary on the subject of the Powder House, Penarth Dock.

1904 - A letter from George T. Sibbering, Engineer at the Taff Vale Railway, Engineer's Office, Cardiff dated 12th May 1904 to Mr. Ed. Edwards, Secretary on the subject of the Powder House, Penarth Dock. He writes : 'I think it would be well if we were to obtain an Annual License for this Powder House, and shall be glad if you would arrange accordingly, letting me know when done. Yours faithfully G. Sibbering'

The original letter is held within the archives of the National Museum of Wales. [629] [Museum item number : 88.20I/223} {20180526]

SIBBERING, George Thomas, M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., Alteryn House, Alteryn, Newport, Mon. T. A. "Sibbering, Taff Railway, Cardiff." T. N.: 2846 Newport, Mon. b. 1861; s. of John Sibbering, Merthyr Tydvil; m. Georgina Lowe Reynolds. Ed. Queen's College, Taunton. Pupilage, 1878-81, under Saml. Harpur, M.Inst.C.E., Engineer to the Merthyr Tydvil Local Board of Health. Was engaged as an Assistant in the Engineer's Office of the Rhymney Railway Company prior to taking up an appointment in 1883 in the Engineer's Office of the Taff Vale Railway Company, Cardiff. Since 1894, Chief Engineer of the latter company. Member of the South Wales Institute of Engineers; Fellow and Past -President of the Permanent Way Institution. Chief Works: Constructed several branch railways, also very important and heavy widening works. Reconstructed the station at Pontypridd and the railways through that station and added thereto two additional running lines. Heavy reclamation works on the foreshore at Penarth; new bridge over river Elv at Cardiff; large yards in neighbourhood of Cardiff for storing coal for shipment; work in connection with floating off-shore dock at Penarth. War Services.—Held commission in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Welsh Regiment. from 1922 Who's Who in Engineering [016]
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