唐廷樞，時任開平礦務局總辦。他是中國近代工業的開創者和奠基人，洋務運動的積極支持者和重要實踐者，中國保險、近代航運、煤礦、鐵路機車與水泥工業之父，近來更有“唐山之父”之稱。克勞德•威廉•金達（Claude William Kinder），英格蘭人，時任開平礦務局總工程師。他在唐廷樞的授意下，主持設計製造了中國第一台蒸汽機車——龍號機車、修築了中國第一條標準軌道鐵路——唐胥鐵路、建立了中國第一個鐵路機車製造及修理廠。公司還建立了鐵路學院，為中國培養了大批鐵路建設人才。
這批資料來源於“皮特·柯睿思中國鐵路收藏（P. A. Crush Chinese Railway Collection）”，其龐大的內容包含照片、書籍、期刊、地圖、公司檔案等。作為中國鐵路史的專家，皮特•科睿思花費了超過30年的時間去收集這批資料。其中，金達私人文件的複製件是科睿思通過追尋金達後代，獲得他們的同意後拍攝獲取的。而金達文件中關於唐廷樞的照片以及唐廷樞手寫的英文信件，都是罕見的資料。
This database is one of the sub-projects of the Research Center of Tong King Sing (hereafter the Center) of the Macau University of Science and Technology. In 2019, the Center was fortunate enough to receive a valuable donation of Tong King Sing-related digital files from Mr. Peter Crush. In order to make better use of these data the Center decided to establish an open access digital archive for users worldwide.
Tong King Sing (a.k.a. Tang Tingshu) was Managing Director of the Chinese Engineering & Mining Company (CE&MCo.). He was a pioneer and founder of China’s modern industry; supporter and practitioner of the Westernization Movement and father of Chinese insurance, modern shipping, mining, railways and cement industries. He is also known as the father of Tongshan (Tangshan).
Englishman Claude William Kinder was the chief engineer of CE&MCo. Under Tong King Sing’s direction, he designed and assembled the ‘Rocket of China’ (the Chinese called this ‘Dragon’), the first steam locomotive built in China. He also constructed the Kaiping colliery tramway, China’s first standard gauge railway and established the first railway locomotive and carriage manufacturing and repair shops. The company also established a railway college, nurturing many talented engineers and technicians for China’s emerging railway and modern mining industry.
The materials in this database are sourced from the “P. A. Crush Chinese Railway Collection”. This is a large collection of photographs, books, journals, maps and extracts from company archives etc. which have been collected over a period of more than thirty years by Peter Crush, an expert on early Chinese railway history. Included in the collection are copies of the private papers of Kinder, made possible by Crush’s tracing of the descendants of Kinder who subsequently granted permission for photographs and documents to be accessed. Within the Kinder papers were very rare photographs of Tong King-sing as well as letters written in English by Tong’s own hand.
Mr. Crush was born in the United Kingdom to a railway family, which for four generations had worked on the railways from as early as the 1840’s, hence his keen interest in railway history. In 1965, Crush came to Hong Kong at the age of 19. He took advantage of Hong Kong's close proximity to the Mainland to study the history of China's railway development, focusing on the CE&MCo., IRNC and other early Chinese railways. In 2013 he published the book Imperial Railways of North China. To forward the Tong King Sing-associated research, the Center appointed him as an “Honorary Research Fellow” on 20 November 2019.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation for Mr. Crush’s generous contribution.
20th Nov, 2019, The Chinese Railway History specialist Peter Crush, together with Mr. Geoffrey Emerson and Mr. Gary Chan Wai arrived once again at the MUST’s Research Center of Tong King Sing. The MUST Head Librarian and Director of the Research Center Prof. Dai Longji, Associate Librarian Ms. Zhao Xichen, Assistant Librarian Mr. Yang Xunling and relevant colleagues warmly welcomed their visit.