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Name: Howard, Frederick H.

Historical Note:

Frederick H. ("Joe") Howard worked in Canadian Locomotive's erecting shop in Kingston, Ont., and in the machine shop of Canadian Pacific's Angus Shops in Montreal during vacations between college semesters. There, the Assistant Works Manager took an interest in Howard's Bachelor's thesis on Steam Locomotive Design and gave him all his books, including works by Dr. W.F.M. Goss, Lawford Fry, and Superheater Company. Upon graduation, Howard went to work for Bert Mimms and Harry Bowen in Room 1000 in CP Mechanical Department's headquarters in Windsor Station, Montreal. After a tour of duty in Northwest Europe as a Canadian Army Captain, he returned to design work in Room 1000, then went on the road as shop foreman in various roundhouses, steam and diesel.

Howard spent the years 1950-1970 in the employ of General Motors, working up to Coordinator of New Product Development at the locomotive plant in London, Ontario. Later, he became Chief Engineer at Frigidaire. He was appointed President of Halicon and Halterm, operators of the Halifax, Nova Scotia container terminal, in 1971. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Nova Scotia, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Railway Club, Transportation Research Forum, and the Upper Canada Railway Society. His articles on steam engines have appeared in journals such as TRAINS.

Sources: "Old Time Trains" by F.H. Howard, TRAINS, July 1977

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