Also called, Japanese Government Railways - Imperial was the national rail system of Japan until 1949. Their Kobe works were supervised by Richard Francis Trevithick c1893-1904 (when he retired). He was born in Cornwall on 11 Dec 1845 and died Southampton on 13 Feb 1913. Apprenticed to Harvey's of Hayle, afterwards he joined London and North Western Railway at Ctheir Crewe Works in 1867. He was then appointed Lomotive Superintendent of the Rosaario Cordova Railway in Argentine; later CME Ceylon Government Railways, and then joined Japan's Imperial Government Railways where he was responsible for first locomotive to be constructed in Japan.
Archive reference, BUS/72