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 history of the Brighton Branch of ASLEF

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the Sussex Motive Power Depots & ASLEF Branches



1996 - 2001


Fred Maskell




Ivan Wilson


 Mick Hawkins



 Above John "The Big Oz" Osborne, right Paul "Baby Oz" Osborne & below Ian "Little Oz" Osborne

                                                                                                               dreaming about the good old days.

Right: Barry Shilliam & Malcolm Bradford

Ian Osborne (left) entered the footplate grades at Brighton on 26.11.1979. Ian later passed for driving in c1984 and was a "Passed Secondman" up until early 1988, just prior to the amalgamation of the two depots. Ian was the last secondman at Brighton to be promoted through this method of the Promotion Transfer & Redundancy arrangements. 

Promotion within Brighton M.T. took many years of waiting. This was due to the Mixed Traction depot slowly loosing work over many years. It would take along time for a Secondman's seniority to become effective enough to gain their promotion at Brighton M.T. under their own rights.

Hence the reason why so many Brighton Firemen/Secondmen moved directly to Brighton E.M.U.T. or via an alternative depot to get their promotion to driver, which then enable them to transfer back to a Brighton depot or to their depot of perefrence.



Connex South Central Training Course 

Drivers standing in front of a modified training train (1957 C.E.P.) are

Left Right: Mike Trodd (Barnham), Mark Durham (Brighton), unknown 1, unknown 2, unknown 3, unknown 4, unknown 5, Andy Garwood (Brighton),unknown 6, Richard Pond 7, unknown 8. 


Andy Owen 

Ex Tonbridge & St Leonards
Andy on his last day

Above Andy's last train - 2206 Victoria - Brighton


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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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