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Biographical entry Thow, William (1842 - 1926)

29 June 1842
West Derby, Lancashire, England
10 March 1926
Warrawee, New South Wales, Australia
Railway engineer


William Thow was locomotive engineer with the South Australian Railways from 1876 to 1889 and with the New South Wales Government Railways from1889 to 1911. His P6 class passenger locomotives, introduced in 1892, became world famous and were used on the trans-continental railway when it was completed in 1917. Initially Thow worked under his father on the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway and was a pupil of Alexander Allan on the Scottish Central Railway. Later he was draftsman of the Dubs Locomotive Works in Glasgow, chief draftsman at Worcester Engine Works Co. and inspector and mechanical assistant to John Fowler in Egypt.

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