IGNITING THE SUSSEX BEACONS

OF UNITY

THE HISTORY OF THE

SUSSEX BRANCHES OF A.S.L.E.F. 



EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY 

 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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St Leonards


Diesel & Electric Era


   This web page is dedicated to all A.S.L.E.F. members who have worked at St Leonards depot over the years, and it features A.S.L.E.F. members who brought the trains of       St Leonards to life.

 

St Leonard’s (known as Hastings) locomotive shed was opened in November 1845 by L.B.S.C.R.

(Shed Code (H until 1903 & from 1903 onwards StL). 


The South Eastern Railway opened a locomotive shed at Hastings on the 13th February 1851 and closed in 1929.

 The Crowhurst, Sidley and Bexhill Railway opened a locomotive shed at Bexhill West on 1st June 1902.

This shed was later taken over by the South Eastern Railway and closed in 1936 by the Southern Railway.

With the formation of the Southern Railway the locomotive shed transferred from being a sub shed of Brighton and become a sub shed of Ashford, with a shed code of 74E (1950 - 1958) and later a sub shed of Stewarts Lane/Hither Green 73D (1963 - 1973) and in 1973 SE

 

The St Leonards  Branch of ASLEF was opened on 18th March 1906.

For more information about the St Leonards Branch of A.S.L.E.F. click on icon below left.

 

1910

ST. LEONARD'S.—Oddfellows' Arms, Caves Road.  Last Thursday in the month. 


St Leonards Branch Secretaries

D. Sargent c1936 - c1955, J. Wallis 1970s K. Auger 1985 - c1998, S. Jenner c2010 - ? 

 

 St Leonards Maintenance Depot Badge 

1973 - 1987

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 1971

BROTHERS IN UNITY

Sir, - May I through the medium of the Journal express my sincere appreciation of all the assistance afforded me by Head Office, Bro. Don Pullen and Bro. Johnnie Wallis, Branch Secretary, St Leonards, following the terrible accident at Hither Green in 1967 in which I found myself involved.

In my view nowhere could we wish for finer representation at times of trouble than that given by our Trade Union - the “Associated”.

The satisfactory financial settlement that the Society obtained on my behalf from the B.R.B. is very deeply appreciated.

My most cordial thanks and good wishes for the future.

Donald S. Purves

St. Leonards

 

 

 KEVIN AUGER COLLECTION

Left to Right

John (Johnny) Wallis. former St.Leonards ASLEF Branch Secretary and Branch District Council Rep. Pretty sure he was a Bevan boy in WW2.

Ian Clare  Hastings Guards L.D.C. & N.U.R. Secretary

William (Bill) Woolett. Driver at St.Leonards. Drivers L.D.C. Secretary for many years until late 1980s 

 

 

Above the St. Leonard's Branch 1982 A.S.L.E.F. strike badges. 

The badge on the left was one of the first A.S.L.E.F. loyalty badges to be made after the 1982 strike. 

The loyal A.S.L.E.F. members of the St Leonards branch felt they needed to be recognised when meeting other loyal A.S.L.E.F. members from other branches/depots. 

This was due to the high number of  A.S.L.E.F. members who did not strike within their branch.


 

Colin Price Collection 


John Vaughn Collection

 


 Kevin Auger attending 

the 1985  A.S.L.E.F. National School, at Head Office 


Kevin transferred to St. Leonards in 1982 until its closure as a footplate depot in the 1990s when all drivers moved to Hastings. Kevin served as the St Leonards A.S.L.E.F. Branch Secretary for 13 years as serving on the L.D.C. member and subsequent Secretary.

 

 KEVIN AUGER COLLECTION

Left - Right Guard Jim Tayler & Driver John Baker. 

Last Day of Hastings D.E.M.U.s on the Hastings to Charing Cross route 1986

 

  Chris Taylor attending 

the 1989  A.S.L.E.F. National School. 

 

 

 

Four Generations of the Chaloner Footplate Family


Driver Barry Chaloner’s  Father was John (Jack) father was a motormen at Ore EMUT Depot, and later finishing up  as Motive Power Foreman at St Leonards West Marina. His father (my grandfather) was on the footplate, and also ended his career as a M.P.F. at St. Leonards West Marina. Barry’s my middle son is a driver at Hastings with his youngest son having passed his driving assessment and currently waiting for a vacancy (Feb 2016). 

* In the 1925 Southern Railway Seniority Book appears a H. Challon with a seniority of 10th June 1889 

 

HASTINGS DIRECT LINE ELECTRIFICATION 
6th MAY 1986
UNIT 1530 IN ‘JAFFA CAKE’ LIVERY AS THE PRESS SPECIAL SEEN AT BATTLE

 

 


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