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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the Brighton Motive Power Depot







St Leonards West Marina

     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.



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

St Leonards Branch Secretaries

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

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


Above is 1908 a map of the Bexhill, St Leonards & Hastings area highlighting how the two railway companies were competing in the same location, the map also shows the locations of all four Motive Power depots within the area. 
St Leonards Loco shed was opened in November 1845, Hastings Loco Shed on the13th February 1851 and closed in 1929,  Bexhill West Loco Shed on the1st June 1902 and closed in1936, and Ore E.M.U.T. depot opening in 1935 and closing in May 1986.
With formation of the Southern Railway, Hastings Loco was amalgamated with St Leonards.
With electrification of the Tunbridge Wells to Hastings line in 1986, this saw the closure of Ore depot and the working being moved to St Leonards, and St Leonards drivers working both on the Central & the South Eastern divisions.
In the mid 1990s St Leonards drivers depot was closed and moved to Hastings.



Above is a list of all the engine men that where employed at Hastings (St Leonards) L.B.S.C.R.) Locomotive Department in 1877. It is not know if this is list was compiled in seniority order or not. However, the list does clearly indicates the  difference in the ages of both drivers & fireman at that period of time.


Hastings Loco 1900s


 Building of the Crowhurst to Bexhill Railway line c1900 using Contractor’s locomotives







A special meeting was held at the Oddfellow’s Arms, on Sunday, December 15th, for the purpose of having a full report of the interviews which our delegates had with our locomotive engineer, Mr. L. Billinton, and board of directors. Brothers Enves, Brighton, and A. Marshall, Eastbourne, gave a full report of all correspondence that had passed and the concessions that were granted. Questions were asked and answered, after which a vote of thanks was passed to the speakers, on the proposition of Brother Croucher, seconded by Brother Nince.

Branch Secretary




 St Leonards Loco Shed



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