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James Manson (1845-1935) was born in Saltcoats and trained with the Glasgow & South Western Railway in Kilmarnock Works. He became Locomotive Superintendent of the Great North of Scotland Railway in 1883, but returned to Kilmarnock as Locomotive Superintendent of the G&SWR in 1891, a post he held for twenty years until his retirement in 1911. He was responsible for the 4-4-0 No. 11, the first four-cylinder simple locomotive in Britain, and designed some impressive double-bogie tenders for his large 4-6-0 engines. As originally constructed No. 11 had an inadequate grate area and boiler capacity for supplying its four cylinders, a defect that was subsequently remedied by Whitelegg.
Manson suburban passenger 0-4-4T No. 271
Manson "17" Class 0-6-0 No. 99, built in 1910 and shown here at Hurlford shed
James Manson 4-4-0 No. 74, built at Kilmarnock Works in 1894
Manson 0-6-0T No. 105
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