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Sir Myles Fenton, K.B., J.P. (1830-1918) was born in Kendal in the Lake District and commenced his railway career on the Kendal and Windermere Railway. He worked on the East Lancashire, Eastern Counties and Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railways before taking up his first important post as Secretary of the East Lancashire Railway in 1856. In 1859, when the East Lancashire Railway was absorbed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, Fenton became the Assistant General Manager of the L&YR. From here he moved to become General Manager of the Metropolitan Railway, where he was responsible for rescuing the Metropolitan from dominance by the Great Western Railway. In 1880 he became General Manager of the South Eastern Railway, and for his success in this position he received his knighthood in 1889. He retired to a position on the Board of the South Eastern Railway in 1896 and subsequently of the South Eastern & Chatham Railways Joint Committee.
"A Railway Knight." Cartoon of Sir Myles Fenton by "Spy" in Vanity Fair
Sir Myles Fenton in his uniform as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Engineers and Railway Volunteer Staff Corps
Sir Myles Fenton in 1895
Myles Fenton in 1852
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