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Terry Miller (engineer)

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Nationality  British

Name  Terry Miller
Terry Miller (engineer)
Born  21 August 1911Barnet, Middlesex, England
Died  1989 (aged 77–78) Hertfordshire, England
Employer(s)  London and North Eastern Railway, British Rail

Significant projects  InterCity 125
Engineering discipline  Locomotive engineer

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Terence Charles Barry Miller, MBE (21 August 1911 – 1989) was a British railway engineer who rose to become Chief Engineer (Traction & Rolling Stock) for British Rail.

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Career

Miller began his career with the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) as an apprentice, working under Sir Nigel Gresley. He rose up the ranks of LNER and continued his career under British Rail (BR) after nationalisation. In the New Year Honours list of 1956, he was awarded the MBE; he was at that time the Assistant Motive Power Superintendent of British Railways Eastern region. By the 1960s, when BR was withdrawing steam locomotives and dismantling facilities for them, Miller was one of several people who provided support to Alan Pegler in his attempts to run the preserved LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman.

He was appointed Chief Engineer (Traction & Rolling Stock) in 1968. It was in this position that Miller was credited with instigating the development of the InterCity 125, known as the High Speed Train (HST). At the time, BR was focused on developing an electric Advanced Passenger Train (APT), but by 1969 the APT project was significantly behind schedule. As a stop-gap measure, engineers devised plans for a 125-mile-per-hour (200 km/h) "High Speed Diesel Train", which Miller submitted to the British Railways Board (BRB) at the beginning of 1969; the submission won the endorsement of Sir Henry Johnson, chairman of BRB. The HSDT eventually became the InterCity 125, introduced into service from 1975. Although the HST was intended to fill in for the APT, the APT project was eventually abandoned and the HST remains in regular service as of 2014.

Miller retired in 1973, three years before the HST entered service. He died in 1989.

Legacy

In 2008, East Midlands Trains (EMT) named an HST power car, 43048, "T.C.B. Miller MBE" in his honour. The managing director of EMT, Tim Shoveller, described Miller as "a true giant in the history of the railway".

In 2013, the 125 Group, an enthusiast group dedicated to the HST, launched "Project Miller", named in Miller's honour. The project was founded with the intention of bringing the remaining prototype HST power car, number 41001, back to working order after years of static display in the National Railway Museum in York.

References

Terry Miller (engineer) Wikipedia


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