One of the main reasons for doing these web sites is to try and explain to everybody the history of the footplate grades, the conditions they had to work in and the creation of the A.S.L.E.F. branches within the Brighton & Sussex area.

I am therefore very grateful for people sending me personal photos from their personal collection and for allowing me to display them on the web sites. But unfortunately what is missing, are the stories that accompany them. What I want to do is to try and remedy this by starting to record the remaining stories that are still out there, before they too are lost in the midst of time.

I have added some information about some of the drivers that I know and the comments that have already have been sent to me.

If you too have any stories about your own working life on the footplate, the people that you worked with and the conditions you had to work in please send me and I will post, on the web site.

If you are interested in helping me in capturing these stories by any means possible please let me know.

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1935 ~


  This web page is dedicated to all A.S.L.E.&F. members who have worked at Eastbourne 

depot over the years, and it features A.S.L.E.&F. members who brought the trains of 

Eastbourne to life.


 Eastbourne Motormen or Enginemen


Back Row Left - Right; Unknown 1, Unknown 2, Unknown 3, Unknown 4, Unknown 5, Unknown 6, Unknown 7, Unknown 8, & Unknown 9,

Front Row Left - Right :Unknown 10, Unknown 11, & Unknown 12,

Jack Sayers is standing in the centre






A report from the Locomotive Journal has not appeared for some time. Attendance at branch meetings has not been what it should have beeen in view o the recent happenings on the railways. Perhaps when the R.S.N.T. awards and all they imply are fully understood members will realise that their obligations to the Society (and themselves) does not finish when they have paid their contributions. The attitude of self-satisfaction must give way to the spirit of 1924.

The branch committee arranged a smoking concert for October 23. A fair number, including several members from Ore and St. Leonard's branches, and several N.U.R. members, and a representative from the Eastbourne Trades council and local Labour Party, braved the elements to give a send-off to one of our active members, Bro. C. Lawerence, who has retired from the railway company. Bro. Steele, Locomotive Foreman, wrote and apologised for his being unable to attend. during the evening musical items were rendered by Bro. A. Beeney (and "Ginger") of St. Leonard's branch and other local stars, with Bill Painter of Brighton, at the piano.

During the evening, Bro. J.O. Sweeney, Organising Secretary, presented Bro. Lawrence with a Westminster chiming clock as an appreciation for the services he has to his fellow-workmates. Bro. Sweeney, in his remarks, referred to the record of Bro. Lawrence's services to the Society and the working-class movement in general, and the need for such spirit to be carried on by the present generation in order to sageguard the future.

Bro. Lawrence suitably replied, and stated that although he had finished as far as the railway were concerned his interest in the movement was still as great. At the time of writing he is contesting a seat on the Local Town Council in the interests of the Labour Party.

The branch membership is still on the upward trend; there are only three "nons" at the depot and it is pleasing to see some of the younger element at the branch meetings.

May I, in closing make a further appeal to those members who have not done so to join the "Trade Union Club" and assist the management committee to make the club where Trade Union activity can be carried on in comfort.




Eastbourne station c.1949. Unknown motorman with 4-COR 3145.





East of Eastbourne, West of Waterloo

More of Eastbourne railwayman Brian Groome's photos

appear in his autobiography East of Eastbourne, West of Waterloo

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Graham Court Collection

Graham Court  at Steatham Hill depot...4 CIG 1712 July 1994..


Graham Court Collection

 Dave Robinshaw



Jack Sayers c1980

Right Jack Sayers & George Terry



Roy Townsend taking the tail lamp off the rear of 2 BIL 2090 at Eastbourne 8th June 86..




ASLEF National School March 1987

Eastbourne Branch Secretary Tony Harper

(3rd row from the front, second right (next to Graham Morris London Bridge Branch).






Cyril Ring c1993


Ted Selwood c1991 


Spud Murphy Sept 1985



Eastbourne Train Crew Pool Team 1991 (B shift)

Left ~ Right: Harry Davey (Driver), Dave Lucas (T.C.S.), Mark Fleming (Guard), Bill Weir (Guard), Ashley Barton* (Guard), Bert Tree (Guard), Steve Browne (Guard), Malcolm Court (Driver), Cyril Ring (Driver), & Tommy Steele (Guard).

* Now a driver at Brighton

Eastbourne Train Crew Pool Team 1991 (A shift)

Left ~ Right: Chris Elliott (Driver), Glen Smith (Ebne Shunter), Unknown, John Carney, Simon Wiggins, Bob Williams, Unknown, Paul Williamson (Guard), Unknown, Unknown Steve Spackman (Driver St. Leonards), Unknown & Bobby Black.



APRIL 1991


I am writing this letter to express my gratitude and to say thnk you for allowing me to attend the 1991 Society School in Blackpool from which I received an in-depth knowledge and understanding.

I especially wish to thank Ross Goff who, with this first class teaching and tutorship, made the course so enjoyable and interesting.

So much thought has gone into the course and the handout is excellent. Its content is so valuable when carrying out the duties of Branch Secretary.

I believe that the Society schools are essential, and I hope others will have the opportunity to have this teaching.

Once again I express my thanks.

Stuart Fuller

Branch Secretary

Eastbourne Branch 


Malcolm Court waiting to depart from Seaford 




Left ~ Right: Ron Stringer (T.C.S.) & Ted Fears Jan 1986



MARCH 1991


The branch meeting held on 10 February saw in attendance Len Warboys, District Secretary, to make presentations to Bros. R.H. (Dick) Coombes and Peter Dove.

Dick Coombes served as Branch Chairman for many years, and was presented with a pen and pencil set for his loyal and devoted services to A.S.L.E.F.; Peter Dove was presented with a retirement certificate and badge. He was also made an Honorary member of the Branch.

Len Warboys wished Peter a long and happy retirement. Len said he felt honoured to be asked to make the presentation nd that the General Secretary would have liked to have been in attendance, but unfortunately was on Society business at the time.

Len also mentioned an item on B.R. deafness scheme (252/1990) saying that in the future it will be an item on the agenda, and anyone with deafness problem would benefit from this scheme.

We, Eastbourne Branch, wish to thank the District Secretary for his services

S. Fuller

Branch Secretary



Jim Newett C1992

Graham Court C1992



APRIL 1991



Len Warboys & Peter Dove  

Len Warboys & Peter Dove 

District Secretary Len Warboys makes retirement presentation to Peter Dove (Right) and Dick Coombes (Left) of Eastborne Branch

In February’s issue of the Locomotive Journal, it was stated that Bro. Coombes had retired from railway service.

In fact, this is not true, he has only retired from the Branch Chairman, and he still is in the railway service, but is off on sickness leave.

I wish to apologise for this error, and I hope this puts the record straight.

S.J. Fuller 

Branch Secretary


Fred Bartholomew

Fred entered the footplate grades in 1956 at Newehaven. With the closure of Newhaven on 09.09.1963, Fred moved to Brighton Loco. In C1987 Fred moved to Eastbourne where remained until his retirement.

D.E.M.U. Training at Selhurst

John Mould, Malcolm Court, Tony Harper (Instructor)

 & Fred Bartholomew


MARCH 1992


 Stuart Fuller, Vic Morris & Len Warboys

 The 20 January, saw the retirement “do” for Bro. Vic Morris of Seaford depot.

I would especially like to thank Len Warboys who drove all the way from Swindon that evening to make the union 

presentation to Vic on our behalf. Once again, Len, thanks.

Vic started on the railways at Newhaven Loco on 21 February 1944. He was to be there for the next 19 years, seven 

months until he got his driver’s job at Brighton Mixed Traction on 9 September 1963.

He was not there long and got his transfer to Seaford depot on 18 November 1963.

He has been at Seaford since, until last driving turning on 3 December, 1991, and official retirement date  was 

February 1992.

Vic nearly completed 48 years’ service and we all wish him and his wife a very long and happy retirement. We shall 

all miss him

S.J. Fuller

Branch Secretary


Graham Penn Collection 





APRIL 1992


You have done us all proud. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the weekend school at Southsea on Saturday and Sunday 14/15 March. It was excellent value for money and I cannot wait for the next in October

The hotel was First Class in every form and everyone was so friendly and I was made very welcome. The memories of those two days will linger with me for months to come. Once again, Len, thanks for such a fantastic event.

Stuart Fuller

Eastbourne Branch 


Left Roy Townsend 



APRIL 1992


You have done us all proud. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the weekend school at Southsea on Saturday and Sunday 

14/15 March. It was excellent value for money and I cannot wait for the next in October

The hotel was First Class in every form and everyone was so friendly and I was made very welcome. The memories of 

those two days will linger with me for months to come. Once again, Len, thanks for such a fantastic event.

Stuart Fuller

Eastbourne Branch 



Bob Kenyon waiting to depart from Ashord with a 

Hampshire D.E.M.U.

Dennis Roberts at Selhurst depot with a Hastings 




Fred Bartholomew at Ashford C1991 on a Oxted D.E.M.U. with (from left ~ right) Ashley Barton (guard), Dave Mulpeter (control) Reg Blunden (driver), David Birnie (guard), & Richard Parkhurst (signalman).

Bob Kenyon

This photo was taken whilst Bob was working on Eastbourne platform, owing to medical restrictions



Above Chris Elliott (mid 1990s)

and below Chris Elliott Gallery


 Peter De Witt Collection

Peter De Witt



Dennis Roberts


Above Alan Titherly c1991

Left Peter Hyman c1984

Below Peter Hyman photo gallery.




 John Mould


John Herriott



Ian Wilson at London Bridge departing with empties to Streatham Hill






John Mould from the union’s Eastbourne branch was presented with a badge to commemorate 45 years of A.S.L.E.F. 

membership at union headquarters last month. He told Keith Norman that he began work on the platform at Cooden 

Beach before moving onto the footplate in 1962.

Eastbourne branch officials and district EC member Simon Weller accompanied John to Arkwright Road to mark this 

landmark in his union history. 




John Mould on his last trip to Victoria prior to retirement 19.11.07

Left working the 11:31 up & arriving with the 13:47 down.






Left ~ Right: Andy Snelling & Adrian Durrant

Eastbourne messroom 27.09.05


Left - Right Chris Elliott, unknown 1, unknown 2, unknown 3, unknown 4, Dave Gausden, Trudy Adams (DSM), 

unknown 5, Gary Prodger (Manager), unknown 6, unknown 7, unknown 8.






Simon Weller and two members from Southern company Council attended Eastbourne’s branch meeting. Simon gave a 

talk on the railway pension scheme and what changes in the pension laws mean for our scheme, took questions from 

the floor, and made service badge presentation to members from 5 to 25 years.

Mark Jenkins

Branch Secretary,

Eastbourne Branch Picket Line

Tuesday 13th December 2016



Dick Williams, Unknown (1), Unknown (2), Paul Donnelly, Unknown (3) & Unknown (4)

Eastbourne Branch Picket Line 

Friday 16th December 2016



Eastbourne Branch Picket Line 

Tuesday 10th January 2017


Harry McCormick Collection

Eastbourne Branch Picket Line 

Friday 13th January 2017


Harry McCormick Collection

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