Wilson Worsdell

Wilson Worsdell (7 September 1850 – 14 April 1920[1]) was an English locomotive engineer who was locomotive superintendent of the North Eastern Railway from 1890 to 1910. He was the younger brother of T.W. Worsdell. Wilson was born at Monks Coppenhall, near Crewe on 7 September 1850 to Nathaniel and Mary Worsdell; he was their tenth child and fourth son.[2] In 1860 he was sent as a boarder to Ackworth, a Quaker school in Yorkshire.[3]

Wilson Worsdell
Born(1850-09-07)7 September 1850
Monks Coppenhall, Crewe, Cheshire, England
Died14 April 1920(1920-04-14) (aged 69)
South Ascot, Berkshire, England
EducationAckworth School
Parent(s)Nathaniel and Mary Worsdell
Engineering career
DisciplineMechanical engineering


Wilson Worsdell worked at Crewe for a short time, then moved to the USA to work at the Altoona Works of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He returned to England in 1871 and worked for the London and North Western Railway (LNWR). In 1883, he became an Assistant Locomotive Superintendent of the North Eastern Railway (NER). Wilson's brother, Thomas William Worsdell was Locomotive Superintendent of the NER from 1885 to 1890. When Thomas William retired, Wilson replaced him as the NER's Locomotive Superintendent.[4]


Wilson Worsdell has only one known patent:

  • GB190716980 (with Walter Reuben Preston), published 23 July 1908, Improvements in and connected with blast pipes of locomotives[5]


Wilson Worsdell was a son of Nathaniel Worsdell (1809–1886), and grandson of the coachbuilder Thomas Clarke Worsdell (1788–1862). His eldest brother, William (1838–1916), was also a locomotive engineer. T. C. Worsdell had become a Quaker at some point between 1812 and 1816, and his descendants, including Nathaniel, William and Wilson, were brought up in the Quaker faith.[6]


  1. "Wilson Worsdell". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. Hill 1991, p. 111.
  3. Hill 1991, p. 112.
  4. "Wilson Worsdell". Lner.info. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  5. "Espacenet - Bibliographic data". Worldwide.espacenet.com. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  6. Hill 1991, pp. 7–8,10.


  • Hill, Geoffrey (February 1991). The Worsdells: A Quaker Engineering Dynasty. Transport Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86317-158-3.
Business positions
Preceded by
Thomas William Worsdell
Locomotive Superintendent of the
North Eastern Railway

Succeeded by
Vincent Raven

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