|MECHANICAL ENGINEER, TRAIN DRIVER (ENGLAND)|
BORN 18 May 1809, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear: Walbottle - DIED 17 Apr 1862, Nürnberg, Bayern|
GRAVE LOCATION Nürnberg, Bayern: Sankt-Johannis Friedhof
William Wilson was employed by railway pioneer George Stephenson
in 1829. After Stephenson delivered the steam locomotive in
Germany for the railway line between Nuremberg and Fürth in
1835, no engine driver was available in Germany and Wilson was
contracted as driver as well as engineer, with the intention
to instruct others.|
He first drove the Adles on 7 Dec 1835. Allthough he was only contracted for eight months and he was paid very well, his performance was excellent and his contract was extended many time. His health detoriated from standing on the driver's platform without a roof above his head and by 1859 he was hardly able to work anymore. He died in 1862 in Nuremberg.
1835/12/7: The first German railway between Nuremberg and Fürth is opened
During the first ride its only cargo was two barrels of local beer. The train driver was William Wilson.