IGNITING THE SUSSEX BEACONS

OF UNITY

THE HISTORY OF THE

SUSSEX BRANCHES OF A.S.L.E.F. 



ERNIE WHITE

FORMER REDHILL DRIVER

PASSED AWAY ON THE 

27th JULY 2017

Ernie White’s funeral is on 

Wednesday 16th August at 13.30 

at the Surrey & Sussex crematorium.


MICK COLLEY

FORMER DRIVER BRIGHTON & WEST WORTHING

LITTLEHAMPTON T.C.S.

PASSED AWAY ON THE 

5th AUGUST 2017

Mick’s funeral will be held at 

Worthing Crematorium 

on Friday 25th August, at 14-00hrs, 

the wake will be held at Findon Manor.

 

 


 

  

 


If you arrive early for the A.S.L.E.F. reunion, 

the railway club will be open from 13:00



  

   THE BRIGHTON RAILWAY CLUB NOW PROVIDES WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS, WHICH IS TO THE RIGHT OF THE OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS, SLIDES, NEGATIVES (35mm & 110), NEWSPAPPER/MAGAZINE CUTTINGS OR STORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO ADD TO THE WEB SITE.  PLEASE BRING THEM ALONG WITH YOU TO THE NEXT BRANCH REUNION ON TUESDAY 5th MAY 2015

 


RAMBLING RAILWAYMAN’S RECOLLECTIONS

By Geoff Burch


The third book by Geoff Burch is called Rambling ‘Railwayman’s Recollections starts where Geoff Burch’s first book ‘The Ramblings of a Railwaymam’ left off in 1967, covering his Secondman / Passed Secondman days at Woking MT, Driving days at Effingham Junction / Driving days at Woking M.T. / Instructing days at Waterloo South Side Training School / Training days at Surrey Police and finally, Instructing days at S.W.T. Basingstoke where he retired as Training Design Manager in 2009.

The Book launch will take place on Saturday 22nd November at Guildford Museum, Castle Street, Guildford from 10.00 - 17.00 and light refreshments will be provided. 

Geoff’s other two books are 'The Ramblings of a Railwayman’ is about Geoff’s life as an engine cleaner / fireman at Guildford Loco from 1961 - 1967 which has completely sold out (although available in Ebook format).

Geoff’s second book appropriately called ‘Further Ramblings of Railwaymen’ covers stories and anecdotes from eleven of Geoff’s work colleagues on the steam that worked at Guildford / Fratton / I.O.W. / Eastleigh / Salisbury and Weymouth - still available in hardback (half price) and Ebook.

For more details please go to the web link below

 


This book has been written by ex Brighton driver, Tim Wood, and he recalls his days working in the footplate grades at Brighton, from the mid 1990s through until he left the railway in the mid 2000s.

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/tim+wood/southern+electric+driver/10344988/ 

 

 


THE LATE ERNNIE SKINNER

BRIGHTON LOCO MAN AND UNION MAN


I have recently been in contact with one of Ernie Skinner’s children, and they  are trying to find out more about their father’s working life as a loco-man at Bournemouth & Brighton. 


If anybody give help please could please get in contact with me via email or phone.


paul.edwards1962@sky.com

Mobile No. 07402478278

 

 


 I have been contact with Simon Jeffs who is looking for railway photos of his brother, Timothy Jeffs, a lifelong ASLEF member who started as a traction trainee at Redhill in 1974, moved on to Horsham EMUT between 1979-1994, and finished his career at Bournemouth in 2010 due to ill-health. Tim has sinced passed away. If anyone can help please can you let me know.

 

 

 I have been in contact with retired driver Alan Cook

(ex Nine Elms/Waterloo, Vic "E", Orpington & Tonbridge).
 
Alan is trying to find out more about his late uncle Alfie Moon whose was a Motorman at Littlehampton Depot.
Alfie Moon  was involved in incident that happened at the first crossing on the Bognor branch.
Shortly after this incident, Alfie Moon suffered a heart attack and passed away in c1957.
 
Alfie lived next door to his mate who was also a Motorman, by the name of Norris. 
 
If anyone has any photos of Alfie Moon at work


or as any info about him. We would be very grateful to find out more about him.

 

 

 

Does anybody know any of the Motormen pictured above? I am hoping that there may be a link to Brighton or any of the other Sussex depots.

The only info I have is below curtsey of Steve West (Farnham Branch).

The photo was taken in April 1949 at London Bridge (L.L.) whilst they were on their electric training.

Ron Fulker (middle row 3rd from left) who started at Basingstoke as a cleaner and then Fireman in 1938. He got his drivers job at Addiscombe in 1949 and then moved to Farnham in the late Fifties.

The Traction Inspector S. Bass (in the trilby hat) never worked on the steam. When the L.B.S.C Rly electrified with the overhead wires in 1911. In the early days of electrification a lot of the steam drivers did not want to become motormen owing to the difference in wages, so the railway opened the vacancies to the various traffic grades like Guards and Signalmen and they became Motormen.

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