Edward Thompson

I have today completed a new railway proofread for Pen & Sword Books, this one being a biography about Edward Thompson, who was Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Eastern Railway from 1941 until his retirement in 1946. The author is Tim Hillier-Graves and the manuscript is one of the most enjoyable that I have worked on. Mr Thompson’s career has, seemingly, been blighted by a number of writers and historians inferring that he spent much of his time as CME trying to undo the legacy of his illustrious predecessor, Sir Nigel Gresley. Mr Hillier-Graves explains that, in fact, the work that Mr Thompson undertook on the pioneer Gresley Pacific locomotive and the P2 class of engines was necessary in the context of the situation existing on the LNER at the time (the Second World War and its aftermath) and was carried out in a thoughtful and logical manner. The manuscript sets the record straight and also spotlights the rest of Mr Thompson’s railway career, which showed him to be a highly capable manager of the workshops that he was in charge of as well as a highly skilled engineer. One for the railway historian’s bookshelf.

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