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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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'



1988 - 1995

Floyd Langridge
Paul Tilling
Ron Carlisle
Steve Toughey
Eddie Shrubb
Jeff Edisbury
John Herriott
Claire De Marinis
Gill Colwell
Barry Shilliham
Andy Gregg
Bill Simms
Bob Kettle
Bob Knevett
Paul Jeacock
Paul Mantell
Dominic Smith
Dave Gausdon
Alan Chumbley
Dave Chumley
Lance Berry
Paul Evans
Malcolm Bradford
Alex Cole
Adam Green
Steve Lloyd
Chris Baxter
Tim wood
Paul Fish
Dave Neish
Steve Gandey
Ian Walker
Dave “RAF
Deve Redding 
Tony Pettit
Norman Moye
Paul Barber
Dave Shephard 
Andy Thaxter
Gerwin Bowen
Perry Garland
Richard Pelling
Jamie Buckingham
Billy Williams
Martin Watts
Phil Org?
Pete Fournier


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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