Thomas Nevins, a trailblazer in the realm of electric tramways in the United States, has breathed his last at his grand Irish estate, Mount Shannon Manor, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Lisnagry, County Limerick. This distinguished figure, hailing from the emerald isle itself, embarked on a transformative journey almost four decades ago, leaving an indelible mark on various industries, spanning railways, gas, and a myriad of industrial endeavours. Over time, Nevins amassed a colossal fortune, with his ventures in Newark, New Jersey, alone yielding nearly $2 million.
In more recent years, the visionary Nevins channelled his fervour towards the world of light railway enterprises. He spearheaded the creation of an expansive system, which now gracefully traverses New Jersey and various other regions across the United States. Three years ago, he left an indelible imprint by conceiving and bringing to life a light railway, connecting the charming localities of Cheltenham to the majestic Cleeve Hill. His tireless efforts bore fruit as authorities granted approvals for extensions, thus expanding the reach of this innovative transit system into numerous Cheltenham suburbs.
However, Nevins’ ambitions did not halt there. His relentless pursuit of progress led him to conceive ambitious projects aimed at knitting together Cheltenham, Stroud, and Gloucester through an intricate web of light railways. Beyond American shores, Nevins had a considerable stake in kindred endeavours, notably in the South of England and Lancashire, underscoring his global vision.
At the time of his passing, Mr Thomas Nevins had reached the age of around 60 years. His demise leaves a void in the world of transportation and innovation, but his legacy endures through the web of electric tramways that now crisscross America, a testament to his unwavering commitment to progress and advancement.
Western Daily Press – Friday 22 August 1902