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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WEST WORTHING E.M.U.T.

1933 ~1995

 

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

 

West Worthing Motormans (E.M.U.T.) Depot was opened in January 1933.

West Worthing A.S.L.E.F. members belonged to the Brighton Branch. Until the opening of the Motormans branch at Brighton (No.2 branch) in May 1934. 

In August 1989 the West Worthing members transferred their depot's membership to the Littlehampton branch.

West Worthing depot was closed in 1995 (along with Bognor Regis & Littlehampton) and the majority of the drivers were transferred to the newly opened Barnham depot.

 

 West Worthing Shed c1933 

 West Worthing A.S.L.E.F. members May 1934

 

Inside West Worthing Shed c1984

Ian Munro is seen on the right handside of the picture

 

 Left ~ Right   Bernie Noakes & fellow Sectional Council Rep. Bill Williams (Waterloo branch).

 Southern Region Sectional Council

Left ~ Right: Arthur Brockman (Guildford) & Bernie Noakes (West Worthing) Brighton No. 2 Branch

 

Frank Geal & Ken Pursley

 Johnny Hutson

 

 Ian Munro

 

 

Jim Cameron

 

Mutual Improvement Classes

in West Worthing Drivers Messroom

 

Familarising yourself with the Sexional Appendix 

 Left ~ Right: Alan Cane, Frank Geal Brian White & Ian Munro

 

Demonstrating assistance in the rear 

 Left ~ Right: Jim Cameron, Brian White & Brian Pegg

 

 Out of gauge loading

 Left - Right: Alan Cane, Trevor Bundy, Ian Munro & Brian Pegg

 

Ken Punter 

 

  Alan Cane & Trevor Bundy

 

 

The driver standing in front of the West Worthing M.P. mail box is believed to be Roger Thomas (W.W. LDC). The driver on the Brighton to Littlehampton service is not known at this moment in time 

The man looking this way was one of the West Worthing chargemen, Dave Unknowor Keith Brown was another

 

Leading Motorman H.G. Pepperell who transfered to West Worthing in 1933. 

 

Left~Right lan Munro & John Osborne c1984

 

 

 Lew Churcher's last day of driving before his retirement in 1991.

Above Lew Churcher & Keith Brown

 

 

 

Right

L~ R: Lew Churcher, Peter Ward (Guard Brighton),

 Tim Lavington & Bob Dorkings (L'ham)

   

 Alan Cane, Trevor Bundy, Ian Munro & Jim Cameron

 

 Left - Right: Johnny Hutson, Jim Parkes, Brian White, Brian Pegg & Jim Cameron

 

 

The photos below are taken from the Brighton Train Crew Fund Social of 1991.

The video was filmed Eddie Fordham to commerate the centenary of the Brighton Branch of A.S.L.E.F. 

 

 Lou Churcher 

Recieving ASLEF retirement certificate

 

Mick Colley

John Hutson & George Pumfrey

 

Tom Smith 


Left Roger Thomas

 

L-R: Phil Plaine (Brighton), Lou Churcher & Harry Mitchell (Brighton)

 Ken Punter

 

 

 Photographic scenes around West Worthing from the early 1980s by Neal Cowdrey

 Croydon Training Centre Minder Driver course early 1990s

back row left - right: Tony Martin (Littlehampton) Garry Coombes (W. Worthing) Chris Edmunds* (Littlehampton) Dave Knight (Brighton) Alan Taylor (Norwood) Ian Munroe* (W. Worthing) John Carney* (Eastbourne)

front row left - right: Paul Miles (L.Bridge) Instructor Tony Harper* (E'bne) Instructor Trevor "Chopper" Harris (Redhill).

* Formerly of Brighton depot(s)

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West Worthing's weekly roster for week ending Saturday 29th October 1988 

 

NINE ELMS REUNION AUGUST 2012 

 

 Left ~ Right: Wilf Jeans (Templecombe & Brighton) & Mick Colley (Unknown & Brighton). 

Both Wilf & Mick moved East to Brighton Loco depot in the late 1950s/early 60s. this was due to the railways in the West Country starting to close owing to the Beeching era.

They both later transferred to West Worthing depot and spent many years as "Panel Foreman" at Brighton. They later become Train Crew Supervisors, Wilf at Brighton and Mick at Littlehampton.

 

 Above: Frank Geal & Left: Lou Churcher

 

 

 Above

 Left ~ Right: George Hilton (Seford), Vic Harris (Brighton), Ron Sheehan (Brighton), George Hever (Brighton) & Ian Munro

 

 

 Above Left: Tommy Smith (Brighton & W.W.)

 

 

 

 Left, Left ~Right: Cyril Hutchings (Brighton), Frank Geal, Les Bradford (Brighton), Ron French (Brighton)  & Ken Pursley

 

 Brian Franklin & Roger Thomas

 

 

 

 


Click on icon to see photos of the demolition of West Worthing shed/depot. 

Photos by Neal Cowdrey

 

 West Worthing Carriage sidings in 2008

 

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