William Alexander Agnew

1874 - 1958

Mechanical engineer. Born in Newton Stewart, Agnew became an apprentice electrical engineer in Edinburgh. He gained a reputation for designing electrically-powered trams and trains. He contributed to an early example of electrical traction for Glasgow Corporation (1898). He went on to work on the Metropolitan and District 'Tube' lines in London and wrote handbooks for electric tram and train operation. He also designed and built electric dynamos, including the power generation plant at Foyers.

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