Cornelius Lundie (1818-1908)

Born in Kelso in May 1818 and died in Cardiff on 12 February 1908. (Marshall) Traffic Manager & Engineer of the Rhymney Railway until 1904. He attended science classes at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and in 1832 began to work for Charles Atherton on the Broomielaw Bridge in Glasgow. In 1836 he took charge of the Clarence Railway in County Durham and then worked in New South Wales from 1839 to 1847. Following work for Thomas Brassey, he was Manager of the Blyth & Tyne Railway from 1855 to 1861 when he joined the Rhymney Railway shortly after its inception. He had been in this post for 42 years. Latterly his Assistant in charge of locomotives was Richard Jenkins who was appointed Superintendent upon Lundie's retirement, but he in turn was replaced by C.T. Hurry Riches. (Nock)

Source: Steam Index

This year, 1861, was notable, too, for the advent of that afterwards famous personality Cornelius Lundie, who came from north-east England, where he had been Traffic Manager of the little Blyth & Tyne Railway, to be Traffic Manager and Engineer of the Rhymney Railway. Lundie quickly proved himself an able lieutenant to John Boyle in the vigorous conflicts with rival interests, and he was to become the mainstay of the Rhymney through troublous times into the great years that lay ahead.

Rigid disciplinarian, skilled negotiator, and a practical man in all he touched, Lundie found full scope in South Wales for that versatility which the times demanded of the manager of any small competitive railway; although his dual title remained unchanged, he exercised steadily widening authority as the years wore on, and was largely responsible for dictating the trend of Rhymney locomotive design. Had the company anticipated its neighbour and rival, the Barry Railway, in setting up a Marine Department, no doubt Mr. Lundie would have taken charge of that as well. When at length he retired-somewhat nominally-from the managership at the end of 1904, after 42 years' service, a grateful Board elected him a director and he went on working and living for the Rhymney Railway almost up to the day he died, 12 February 1908, at the age of 93.

Source: The Rhymney Railway - DSM Barrie - The Oakwood Press