W. R. Galbraith biography

W. R. Galbraith

Civil engineer, Deceased Person

1829 – 1914


Who was W. R. Galbraith?

William Robert Galbraith was a civil engineer in the United Kingdom during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was employed by the London and South Western Railway as a consulting engineer for over 40 years, overseeing the design and construction of nearly all that company's new lines between 1862 and his retirement in 1907.

In 1892 he formed an engineering consultancy with R.F. Church. As Galbraith & Church they undertook numerous projects for other railways besides the LSWR, including the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway which became known as London Underground's Bakerloo Line. In total he designed and oversaw the construction of over 14 miles of London's underground railways. In the 1890s Galbraith was the North British Railway's Parliamentary Consultant, acting as a resident expert and adviser during Parliamentary hearings on the company's engineering projects.

His projects include:

⁕Kew railway bridge across the River Thames in London, built in 1864-1869 by the London and South Western Railway

⁕Newport Pagnell to Wolverton Branch Railway, W.R. Galbraith was director from 1871 and was mentioned in the 1870 Act of Parliament which authorised the building of the line as one of the creditors of the railway


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Jul 7, 1829
  • United Kingdom
Oct 5, 1914

on July 23, 2013

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