Belpaire, Alfred

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Belpaire, Alfred Gender: M
Alfred Jules Belpaire
born on 25 September 1820 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Oostende, Belgium, 51n13, 2e55
Timezone LMT m2e55 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 01°53' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 10°54 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 20°26'

Alfred Belpaire


Belgian locomotive engineer who invented the square-topped Belpaire firebox in 1864. His firebox was used in locomotives in his native Belgium and also then extensively in Britain, North America and around the world.

Belpaire studied at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris, France from 1837 to 1840 where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering.

Belpaire was then employed at the Belgian State Railways, where he worked as a mechanical engineer for more than 50 years. He was first director of the railway workshops at Mechelen and then from 1850 put in charge of all materials and based in Brussels. He first developed a firebox to burn poor quality coals and then around 1860 generalised his invention into a robust thermally efficient design which bears his name.

He died on 27 January 1893, aged 72, in Schaarbeek, Belgium.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate (akte nr. 354).


  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical (Locomotive)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Belpaire firebox)