Imperial Railways of Japan

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 11th December 1845 and died Southampton on 13th February 1913. Apprenticed to Harvey's of Hayle, afterwards he joined London and North Western Railway at their Crewe Works in 1867. He was then appointed Locomotive Superintendent of the Rosaario Cordova Railway in Argentina; later Chief Mechanical Engineer Ceylon Government Railways, and then joined Japan's Imperial Government Railways where he was responsible for first locomotive to be constructed in Japan.

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