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TitlePapers of Norman Charles Watney
Date1920-1961
DescriptionPapers belonging to Norman Charles Watney. Watney was a member of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers (ILocoE) which amalgamated with IMechE. The collections contains both the working and personal papers of Watney, and contains a great deal of information about the North Western Railway in India where Watney spent most of his career. The items are arranged into career and personal sections.

Items include:
Technical and railway photographs
Personal photographs
North Western Railway and Indian State Railway information and photographs
Personal effects and papers, such as Watney's passport, driving licence for India, railway ticket stubbs

The collection also contains some items about cricket in India, of which Watney was a fan.

Watney was born in 1901 in Hendon, Middlesex. He attended the General Engineering College in Earls Court, London, before heading north to begin an apprenticeship with Beyer, Peacock and Co in Gorton, Manchester, in 1922. He spent three years there, and then went to work as a skilled fitter in the Kentish Town running shed, which was part of the London Midland and Scotland Railway. After a year at Kentish Town, Watney was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent on the Indian State Railways, and was posted to the North Western Railway. In 1929, he transferred to the mechanical workshops at Moghalpura as assistant works manager – eventually becoming production engineer and deputy chief mechanical engineer.
Extent4 boxes; 16 vol(s); 21 files; 2 items
LevelCollection
Physical DescriptionPrinted materials; photographs, manuscripts
Access StatusOpen
Persons
CodePerson/Organisation NameDates
NA1246Watney; Norman Charles
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