William W. Szlumper

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William Weeks Szlumper was a half-brother to Sir James Szlumper and articled to him 1876-1881, and after routine Office-work. After which he was engaged on Railway surveys and works: 1879-1881 engaged as Assistant Resident Engineer on the construction of the Pontypridd, Caerphilly and Newport Railway. 1881 and 1882 engaged on the Parliamentary surveys of the Devon and Cornwall Central Railway. 1883 and 1884 engaged in assisting to prepare the Parliamentary plans and sections of the Barry Dock and Railways. 1885 engaged on preparing the working surveys, plans, sections and drawings of the upper part of the Barry Railway, and set out the permanent works of the upper part of the line. 1885 and 1886 engaged and had sole charge of the Parliamentary surveys of the West Durham and Tyne Railway, to all of which James W. Szlumper was Engineer-in-Chief. Early part of 1887 was appointed Resident Engineer, having charge of 13 miles of the construction of the Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Railway, of which Messrs Galbraith and Church and James W. Szlumper were joint Engineers-in-Chief (opened 1890). He applied to be an Associate Member ICE on 10 March 1888. (Balloted 10 April 1888) 1892 to 1894 engaged under several engineering works under Sir James Szlumper. May 1894 appointed Resident Engineer of the Vale of Glamorgan Railway, having entire charge of 21 miles. He applied to transfer to Member ICE on 23 December 1895. (Passed by Council 21 January 1896) In 1897 he was a signatory with Sir James of the Parliamentary plans of the Lizzard Light Railway. Also in 1897 he was a signatory of the Lynmouth & Minehead Railway estimates. (and presumably plans with Sir James) In 1898 he was a signatory with Sir James for an application for the Portmadoc, Beddgelert & Rhyddu Light Railway LRO (4½ mile extension of the NWNGR to Beddgelert) It was granted in 1900 as the NWNGR (Beddgelert Light Railway Extension) Order. The PBSSR effectively superseded this Order. In 1901/02 he was Resident Engineer of the Vale of Rheidol Railway. By this time Sir James Szlumper was 68, so maybe he was thinking of retiring. For whatever reason William who was in his early 40s embarked on a legal career. He trained and was called to the Bar in 1907.

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