Alexander Izat

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Alexander Izat (1844-1920) 1863, joined the Indian Public Works Department as Assistant Engineer, Hyderabad(PWD)[1].

Railway Achievements

Family connections - two of Alexander Izat's sons made significant contributions to the development of the railways in India during the early 20th century:-

  • James Rennie Izat (often called 'Rennie'), Agent and General Manager, Bengal and North-Western Railway and Kumaon Railway [4].
  • William Rennie Izat (often called 'Willy'), Bengal and North-Western Railway, Chief Engineer [5].

Photograph Album

An "Album of Railway and Topographical Views, Probably Compiled by Alexander Izat" is held by the British Library as part of the IOR Satow Collection under shelfmark Photo 1082/1 [6]:-

Half-leather bound album measuring 280x372mm, containing 31 prints laid down on the pages, some captioned in pencil. The album was probably compiled by the railway engineer Alexander Izat and contains views of buildings on the Dhond-Manmad State Railway (c. 1870), construction of the Lansdowne Bridge over the Indus at Sukkur (1888), and miscellaneous views of Darjeeling, Cawnpore and Switzerland.

Alexander Izat joined the Indian Public Works Department in 1863, transferring to the Railway Branch in 1870, where he served on the Nizam's, Holkar's, Dhond-Manmad, Kathiawar and Bombay East Deccan lines. He was promoted Superintending Engineer in April 1880 and officiating Under Secretary, Railway Branch, to the Government of India in January 1883. His services were lent to the Bengal and North-West Railway Company as Agent and Chief Engineer in February 1883. He retired in 1889.