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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THAMESLINK

1997 - 2006

 

 

 Left  - Right Mac McCabe & Richard Lewis in the old booking on point at Brighton

 

 

Richard Lewis waiting departure at Brighton C1998.

  

Left ~ Right: Tony Farmer & Dave Griffiths

Brighton TL LDC 1998 ~2001 

 Left ~ Right: Colin Dawson & Nick Gay

c2000

 

 Left - Right Ron Carlisle & Tony Harper 18.04.2004.

Ron Carlisle entered the foottplate grade on 05.11.1990 at Brighton. Ron got promotion to driver at Brighton in C1993. In 1997 Ron transferred to the newly opened Thameslink depot where remained until his retirement in 2007. Ron as emigrated to Monument in Colorado.

Tony Harper left the training school and moved to South West Trains in 1999 as Driver Instructor at Wimbledon. Tony spent most of his time on loan to Basingstoke training school. In 2004 Tony moved to Thameslink at Brighton as a Driver.

 "Andy "the Whistler" McGillvary

Andy transfered to Brighton with the opening of the new Thameslink depot. Andy had also worked at Norwood, Coulsdon North, Selhurst & Blacfriars depots. Andy left the railway industry due to ill health in C2006.

 


 

 Above Lee Bines in Brighton booking on point C2006 

 

Right Gray Newman

 

Paul Evans at the controls of a 319 unit. 

 

 

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FIRST CAPITAL CONNECT 

2006 - 2014

 

Ron Carlisle 

Right:  Sarah Stinton

2006

 

First Group Annual Safety 2008

Ivan Wilson (B'ton L.D.C.), Paul Edwards (B'ton L.D.C.), Paul Louis-Fernand (A.O.M. B'ton & B'frs), Unknown First Manager, Gray Newman (B'ton D.S.M.) & Unknown First Manager,

 

Above  Matthew Cole


Ritchie "the Champagne Socialist" Cassling 

TONY HARPER 2.11.12 

 

 Dave Lace c2010

 

GARY SOLOMONS 2.11.12

 

 LES WARD COLLECTION

Les Ward 

with his dreaded Class 377, December 2012

 

 STEVE CHATFIELD COLLECTION

Tony Farmer, working the first electric train to Brighton Top Yard

Monday 17th February 2014

 

 STEVE CHATFIELD COLLECTION

Tony Farmer, with the first electric train in Brighton Top Yard

Monday 17th February 2014

 

TONY HARPER COLLECTION

Les Ward on his last day, Tuedsay 4th March 2014 

Left Les’s Son & right Grant Burgoyne

 

Mac McCabe COLLECTION 

Tony Harper & Paul Edwards

 

 TRAINING COURSES

 

PHIL CHERRY COLLECTION

Keith Unknown (Bedford), Eddie Freestone (Bedford), Pete Harris (Bedford), Unknown, Andy Thompson (Blackfriars) Will Turner 

& Simon Burridge (Blackfriars)

PHIL CHERRY COLLECTION

Steve Duffy, Mark Johnson, Graham Moor (Blackfriars) & Chris Smith (Blackfriars)

 

PHIL CHERRY COLLECTION

Andy Horne, Ian Hallam (Bedford), Unknown (Bedford), Alan Stacy & Andy Miles (Blackfriars) 

PHIL CHERRY COLLECTION

Gerry Rawlinson (Bedford), Gary Solomons, 

Mark Croft & John (Cyril) Golder (Bedford)

 

Fatigue & Creamed Crackered.

Tony Penhallow

 

 Ian Osborne 2010 relaxed and ready for action.

Left:  Ian Osborne, Once again Ian is seen relaxed and ready for action.

 

Nothing as changed for Ian over the last 30+ years.

Does anybody have a photo of Ian actually active on the footplate??

 

 

 

Not everything appears how it looks!!!

(Thanks for that quote Ian Osborne)


 

Paul Edwards

Some people may think that I have nodded off, I was auctually thinking of some new ideas for the web sites.


 Above Johnny Waters in Brighton booking on point on his last turn of duty on 24th May 2012

 

 and below John arriving back in Brighton, after working his last passenger train the 17:07 Bedford to Brighton

 (12 car 377 with 501 leading) 

 

 

 

 

 

 Above: Ivan Wilson

 at Brighton stabding in the cab door way of an FCC 377 on Sunday 25.09.2011.

 

Right

Ivan's last day at Brighton 17.02.2012, before emegrating to Scotland, (Glasgow Cental)

Ivan entered the footplate grades at Waterloo on the 13.08.84. In c1987 moved to Wimbledon Park to get his promotion to driver and then in mid 1991 moving to Brightont M.T. and later moving to Brighton Thameslink on the 15.03.1999

During his 20 years at Brighton, Ivan as held many positions with the Brighton Branch of A.S.L.E.F., including Branch Chiarman, A.A.D. Delegate and served on the L.D.C. under Connex South Central and later for Brighton Thameslink/F.C.C. for 15 years.

 

 

 

THE MUGABE TWINS

 Aka: Ivan Wilson & Paul Edwards

The Brighton L.D.C. undercover at Blackfriars October 2011

 

 


 Above Mac McCabe re-living his younger days on the footplate (Sept 2010).

Mac is seen taking a break during working on the footplate of a British Railways "Black 5". This was Mac's first time that he had worked on the footplate since his early days working at Guildford & Woking loco depots back in July 1967. 

 

 

SARAH McCABE COLLECTION

Mac McCabe arriving at Brighton on his last working day Thursday 18th September 2014 

 

G.T.R. 2014 ~

(God’s Terrible Railway)

 

 Richard Bromley

2014

 

Dave Lace 

At in the Cab of a Class 700 unit at Three Bridges Thameslink Depot

20th November 2015 

 

Grant Burgoyne 

With a Class 700 at Three Bridges Thameslink Depot 

20th November 2015  

 

CLASS 700 TRAINING 

 

 

 

 

 

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