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October 15, 1889. Sir Daniel Gooch died.—An eminent locomotive engineer and industrial administrator, Gooch served an apprenticeship in Stephenson's works at Newcastle, and at the age of twenty-one became locomotive superintendent to the Great Western Railway. He invented the Gooch link gear, experimented on the resistance of the atmosphere to trains in motion, designed a self-registering dynamometer, and built many fine broad-gauge engines. After resigning his position, he played an important part in the establishment of telegraphic communication between England and America, and from 1865 to 1887 was chairman of the Great Western Railway.

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