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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BRIGHTON TRAIN(WO)MEN (D)

 

Claire De Marinis

Claire entered the footplate grades at Brighton on the 16th August 1993. Claire gainned her promotion to driver at Brighton c1995 and became the first woman driver at Brighton depot.

In c2002 Claire left the railway due to continuing health problems and was forced to leave under the ill health arrangements.

Paul Evans Standing outside L.W.S. depot on 7th July1991 during the weekend of the Brighton/LWS depot open weekend.

 

 

Steve Gandey ballasting at Pevensey & Westham in May 1993

 

 

 

Steve Toughey

Steve Toughey & Dave "Aussie" Smith

 

Jeff Edisbury above on the footplate of a class 33 and left on the footplate of a class 47.Both photos taken in C1991.

Class 47475 is in Regional Railways livery and later becoming one of the Rail Express Systems and named "RESTIVE" in August 1992. This was standard batch of names beginning with, or containing, the letters 'R-E-S'

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Left: Brighton's last Train Crew Supervisors 02.10.96

Left ~ Right Back Row

Les Newland (ex Brighton driver), Lee Mair (ex Brighton (trainman) Bognor Regis driver), Alan Bartlett,

Front Doug Ovard & Ralph Ahlrichs

 

 

 

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the history of the Brighton Branch of ASLEF

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the Sussex Motive Power Depots & ASLEF Branches

 
 
 
 
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