Samuel W. Johnson

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Samuel W. Johnson
Born 14 October 1831
Bramley, Yorkshire
Died 14 January 1912
Nationality British
Education Leeds Grammar School
Children Son, James Johnson
Parent(s) Father, James Johnson
Engineering career
Engineering discipline Mechanical engineering

Samuel Waite Johnson (14 October 1831 — 14 January 1912) was Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Midland Railway from 1873 to 1903. He was born in Bramley, Yorkshire[1] and educated at Leeds Grammar School.[2]


Johnson learned to become an engineer at the locomotive builders E.B.Wilson and Company.

In 1859 Johnson became Acting Locomotive Superintendent at the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. In 1864 he was appointed Locomotive Superintendent of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. In 1866, after only two years in Scotland he replaced Robert Sinclair of the Great Eastern Railway (GER) at Stratford Works. There he stayed for seven years until moving to the Midland Railway (MR) at Derby, where he would stay until his retirement in 1904. At the time of appointment to the Midland Railway on 1 July 1873, he was paid a salary of £2,000 per year, rising to £3500 in 1896 where it remained until his retirement on 31 December 1903.[3]

Locomotive designs

Great Eastern Railway

See: Locomotives of the Great Eastern Railway

Midland Railway

See: Locomotives of the Midland Railway


S. W. Johnson's father, James Johnson, worked for the Great Northern Railway (GNR) for sixteen years before becoming engineer of the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR).[4] S. W. Johnson's son, also James Johnson, was locomotive superintendent of the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) from 1890-1894.[5]


  1. "Midland Railway locomotive engineers". Retrieved 2012-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Samuel Waite Johnson". Retrieved 2012-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. National Archive RAIL 491, accessed on 2014-02-21 via UK, Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956 for Samuel Waite Johnson
  4. "Samuel Waite Johnson". Retrieved 2012-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "James Johnson". Retrieved 2012-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Business positions
Preceded by
Robert Sinclair
Locomotive Superintendent of the
Great Eastern Railway

Succeeded by
William Adams
Preceded by
Matthew Kirtley
Chief Mechanical Engineer of Midland Railway
Succeeded by
Richard Deeley
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Edward Windsor Richards
President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Succeeded by
Sir William Henry White