David Wilkinson Campbell

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David Wilkinson Campbell

Railway Achievements

Anecdotal References

'Mr. David Campbell, the Locomotive Superintendent, had recently promoted about 87 native firemen to appointments, previously held by Europeans, as shunters and drivers of goods trains on branch lines, with most satisfactory results. The experiment carried out in the face of much opposition led to a considerable economy and naturally had the full support of the Board.' [5].

'It was not till the early sixties that the late Mr. D. W.Campbell decided to remove the workshops to Jamalpur, and this was owing to the drivers and fitters giving trouble......*One day Mr. Campbell, returning from the weekly Meeting in the Agent's Office, happened to call at Wilson's Coffee Room for tiffin, and here he found three of his principal workshop foremen and two engine drivers enjoying themselves in rather a boisterous manner. They asked him to join them in having a peg. What he said in reply has never been recorded, but the men very quickly retired, and after that Mr. Campbell never rested until he had the workshops and Locomotive Offices removed from Howrah to Jamalpur.' [6].


  1. Grace's Guide "David Wilkinson Campbell"; Retrieved 9 Jun 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 “Symphony of Progress - The Saga of the Eastern Railway 1854-2003”; published by Eastern Railway, 2003; page 114
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archive.org "History of the East Indian Railway ..." by George Huddlestone Appendix A, page 277, pdf page 332; Retrieved 9 Jun 2016
  4. “Railways in India for the year 1880-81” by Juland Danvers , Government Director of the Indian Railways’- presented to both Houses of Parliament’ by HM Command. Extract from Annual Report 1880-81; Appendix D, page xxxiv, pdf 318
  5. Archive.org "History of the East Indian Railway ..." by George Huddlestone, page 76, pdf page 129; Retrieved 9 Jun 2016
  6. Archive.org "History of the East Indian Railway ..." by George Huddlestone, pages 241-242, pdf pages 296-297; Retrieved 9 Jun 2016