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Encyclopedia > Frederick Hawksworth
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Preserved Modified Hall 7903 Foremarke Hall.
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1009 County of Carmarthen at Bristol Temple Meads, 1960.

Frederick W. Hawksworth, (18841976), joined the Great Western Railway in 1898, aged 15; he did not, however, become the Chief Mechanical Engineer until he was 57, in 1941. Having been at the forefront of Locomotive development under George Jackson Churchward ideas at Swindon had become somewhat stagnated under the later years of his successor Charles B. Collett, whose reluctance to give up the CME's post resulted in Mr. Hawksworth's lateness in taking up this position. 7903 Foremarke Hall departing Cheltenham Racecourse on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 20 November 2004. ... The original station (left) closed in 1965. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Chief Mechanical Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent are titles applied by British railway companies to persons in charge of building or maintaining locomotives. ... This article is about the year. ... A locomotive (from Latin loco motivus) is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train, and has no payload capacity of its own; its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. ... George Jackson Churchward (1857-1933) was chief mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1902 to 1921. ... BR standard class 2 tanks 82039 and 82038 under construction in Swindon, 1954. ... Charles Benjamin Collett (September 10, 1871 - April 5, 1952) was chief mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1922 to 1941. ... Chief Mechanical Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent are titles applied by British railway companies to persons in charge of building or maintaining locomotives. ...


Hawksworth had the ability, experience and vision to put the Great Western back in its former respected position, but the circumstances were to conspire against him, the wartime climate of austerity and government control of the railways' activities for the War Effort prevented several bold ideas from becoming a reality, Including a design for a new Pacific for the Great Western, that would, in theory have been the most powerful Express Locomotive in Britain. The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... In military affairs, the war effort refers to the harnessing of economic and human resources towards support of a military force. ... The Pennsylvania Railroads class K4s, a well known 4-6-2 type. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... A locomotive (from Latin loco motivus) is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train, and has no payload capacity of its own; its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. ...


Because of this situation, Hawksworth concentrated his efforts on improving the Railway's Existing Stock, being noted for updating the existing Hall Class, to produce the Modified Hall. His only new Design was the County Class 4-6-0, which used concepts to be developed for his thwarted pacific project and took names and numbers from a no-longer extant 4-4-0 of Churchward's. The Hall class locomotives were a group of 4-6-0 steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway. ... GWR 6959 Class - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Great Western Railway 1000 Class or County Class was a class of steam locomotive. ... In the Whyte notation, a 4-6-0 is a railroad steam locomotive that has a two-axle leading truck followed by three driving axles. ... The Pennsylvania Railroads class K4s, a well known 4-6-2 type. ... Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad #87, delivered 1873-10-27 from the Mason Machine Works of Taunton, Massachusetts. ... George Jackson Churchward (1857-1933) was chief mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1902 to 1921. ...


Hawksworth remained Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western until the Formation of British Rail. He continued working in locomotive design after the amalgamation of GWR and the other of the big four companies -- the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, Southern Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway -- into British Railways in 1947. He retired in 1949 and died 27 years later in 1976. Chief Mechanical Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent are titles applied by British railway companies to persons in charge of building or maintaining locomotives. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... A locomotive (from Latin loco motivus) is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train, and has no payload capacity of its own; its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. ... GWR is a TLA that can mean: Great Western Railway of Canada (AAR reporting mark GWR) Great Western Railway of the United Kingdom Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway — a heritage railway that has taken the initials of the GWR. GWR Group, who until early 2005 own several radio stations, including GWR FM... The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS1) was a British railway company. ... The Southern Railway in the United Kingdom was the smallest of the four railway systems created in the Grouping ordered by the Railways Act 1921. ... LNER timetable for Autumn 1926 detailing the resumption of services after the General Strike. ... British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...

Preceded by:
Charles B. Collett
Chief Mechanical Engineer of Great Western Railway
19411947
Succeeded by:
British Rail takeover

Charles Benjamin Collett (September 10, 1871 - April 5, 1952) was chief mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1922 to 1941. ... Chief Mechanical Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent are titles applied by British railway companies to persons in charge of building or maintaining locomotives. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... This article is about the year. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Logo of British Rail British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system from the nationalisation of the Big Four British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997. ...

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SwindonWeb - Guide to Swindon - Swindon People - Frederick Hawksworth (783 words)
Frederick Hawksworth, who succeeded Charles Collett as the company's chief mechanical engineer in 1941, had the GWR in his blood.
Like Collett, Hawksworth was a Churchward man in terms of locomotive design and it must have been frustrating for him to find himself as chief mechanical engineer at the worst time in the company's history.
Hawksworth remained as chief mechanical engineer of the Western Region for a further two years, but retired in 1949, having held the reins of power for just eight years.
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