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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SUSSEX RAILWAY SCENES

 

This page will display mainly privately owned photos that have been sent to me from their personal collections.

 

 

THE FALMER AREA

 

 

THE LEWES AREA

 Leaving Lewes with the 11:30 up East Grinstead L.L. on the first day of the re-opening of the Bluebell line on the 7th August 1956

  Photo taken Mr. G S Robinson

 

 

THE BLUEBELL LINE

Culver Junction ~ East Grinstead Low Level

 Photos taken Mr. G S Robinson on 1st. April 1955.

 

 

THREE BRIDGES - TUNBRIDGE WELLS WEST LINE

Via East Grinstead High Level

 

Derailment at Forest Row c1951 

 

THE MAIN LINE

 

 A E2 class No. 109 is seen running light engine at Stoneypound road bridge (A273)  going from Hassocks to Hudson Sand Pits which was located on the outskirts of Hurstpierpoint in c1923. The line had closed by the end of the 1920s and below is a view of the same location in October 2011

 

 

Brighton driver Gordon Hoad working an up train just south of Burgess Hill station

 

 

 


 

 

 

 SUSSEX SIGNALMAN

 

 

The Ted Cook Story: is believed to be the very first full-length published memoir by a Southern Region (Central Division) Signalman.

 

 

For further information please send an e-mail to; 

 

buggleskellybooks@hotmail.com

 

 

A full range of publications can be seen at the Facebook page; Buggleskelly Books Railway Publisher.

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