T.C.B Millar


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T C B Millar

Terry Miller died on 9th June 1989 aged 80 years.   He was President of the Institution from 1953 to 1963, the last meeting which he attended being the social evening of 1987.  His railway career started with the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster as a premium apprentice in 1929, and between the end of his training and the start of the war in 1939 all his appointments were in Scotland.   Entering the LNER Running Department in 1933, he took charge successively of the loco sheds at Helensburgh and Haymarket, being appointed assistant to the District Locomotive Superintendent, Burntisland in 1939.  He became known as a "Gresley man" through and through and it is interesting to note that Sir Nigel himself was President of the Institution at about the time Terry started at Doncaster.

In 1941 he became Technical Inspector, Southern Area (Eastern Section) of the L&NER.  He went to Ardsley in 1943, to Cambridge in 1944 and to Stratford in 1947 as District Locomotive Superintendent - at 38 taking on perhaps the largest and most difficult district in the country.  The MBE came in 1955, the year he left Stratford to hold a number of further senior posts, culminating in his appointment as Chief Mechanical Engineer, BR Eastern Region in 1959, Assistant Technical Manager Eastern Region in 1962 and lastly Chief Engineer (Traction & Rolling Stock) in 1968, from which he retired in 1973, having been the driving force behind the development and introduction of the HST - High Speed Train or "InterCity 125".

This obituary first appeared in the 1990 Annual Report.