Thomas Hall (railway engineer)

Richard Thomas Hall (born 31 May 1823; died 21 August 1889) was a British railway engineer.

Thomas Hall
Richard Thomas Hall

(1823-05-31)May 31, 1823
DiedAugust 21, 1889(1889-08-21) (aged 66)
Occupationrailway engineer

Early lifeEdit

In 1839 he became pupil of his uncle, civil engineer Richard Thomas.[1] After his pupilage in 1844 Thomas Hall was employed by civil engineer Joseph Locke.[1]

Railway careerEdit

In 1848 he was appointed engineer and superintendent of the 4 ft (1,219 mm) gauge Redruth and Chasewater Railway in Cornwall for the next 20 years.[2]

South AfricaEdit

In 1868,[2] the Cape Copper Mining Company hired Thomas Hall to survey and construct the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge Namaqualand Railway in the Cape Colony. In March 1875, one year before the completion of the railway, Thomas Hall accepted the appointment of railway engineer to the South African Republic and started surveying the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge Pretoria to Delagoa Bay railway[1] of the Netherlands-South African Railway Company.

When the South African Republic became British territory in 1878, he became maintenance engineer and retired from government service in 1886. He died on 21 August 1889.[1]

Other narrow gauge pioneersEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Minutes of the Proceedings, Volume 99, Issue 1890. 1 January 1890. pp. 351–352. doi:10.1680/imotp.1890.20645 – via ICE Virtual Library.
  2. ^ a b "Richard Thomas Hall (1823-1889)". Graces Guide to British Industrial History. 25 February 2015.