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Arthur Johnson (LSWR)

Unread postby Andrew Waugh » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:34 pm

Does anyone know anything about an Arthur Johnson? It appears that he was the S&T engineer for the LSWR around 1909/10.

In 1909 Arthur Johnson writes to the US trade magazine 'Railway Signaling' and describes himself as the S&T Engineer, LSWR. Intriguingly, it is clear from the letter that Johnson had spent time as a US signal engineer.

It turns out that he was the son of Henry Johnson. Henry was British, and started his signalling career with 14 years at Stevens & Sons, and then 13 years at Saxby & Farmer. At S&F he was Superintendent of Construction covering the north of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He then moved on to be Superintendent of Signals on the L&Y. In 1886 he moved to the US to work with Union Switch & Signal (which was then partially owned by S&F). This didn't work (he left under a considerable cloud) and he left in 1888 to found the Johnson Signal Company. This eventually collapsed in 1895, but he then organised the Standard Signal Coy in 1896. In Henry's 1910 obituary, it was noted that one of his sons, Arthur Johnson was 'Signal and Telegraph Superintendent' of the LSWR.

I'm wondering if Arthur had anything to do with the LSWR installation of low pressure pneumatic signalling just after 1900, and how many other UK signal engineers at that time had a US connection? (There were a lot of US signal engineers with a British connection around the turn of the century.)
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Re: Arthur Johnson (LSWR)

Unread postby GeoffSmith » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:30 pm

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Re: Arthur Johnson (LSWR)

Unread postby Andrew Waugh » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:30 pm



I'm sure it is; the middle initial was 'H'.
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