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Thomas Gething Clayton (1831-1916), perhaps the finest coaching stock designer of the the nineteenth century, apprenticed with his father, an engineer and boilermaker in Madeley, Staffordshire, before joining the Locomotive Department of the Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway at Wolverhampton in 1850, where he came under the influence of Joseph Armstrong who was appointed Locomotive Superintendent in 1853. The following year the Shrewsbury & Birmingham became part of the Great Western Railway, and Clayton was later Armstrong’s Carriage & Wagon Superintendent, in which capacity he was responsible for setting up the new Carriage & Wagon Works at Swindon. In 1873 he was “head-hunted” by the Midland Railway who wished to build a new Carriage & Wagon Works of their own at Derby. They offered him a salary he could not refuse. He supervised the construction of the new Derby Carriage and Wagon Works between 1873 and 1877. When appointed Clayton was responsible to the Locomotive Superintendent, Matthew Kirtley, but on Kirtley’s death a few weeks later he was made equal to the new Locomotive Superintendent, Samuel Johnson (who was nevertheless an excellent friend), and given complete charge of the Carriage & Wagon Department. Clayton had visited the United States in 1872, and one of his early triumphs was the launching on the Midland Railway of Pullman trains using cars imported from the United States. He was a pioneer of building modern bogie coaches, which made use of Clayton’s excellent 8 ft. carriage bogie. Mr. Clayton retired on 31 January 1902 and died in 1916.
Clayton's 8- foot coach bogie
First Class Dining Car, Midland and Glasgow & South Western Joint Stock, 1899
Third Class Dining Car, Midland and Glasgow & South Western Joint Stock, 1899
Thomas Gething Clayton (1831-1916)
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