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'




3.10.1988 - 1995

F.K.A. Langridge        Floyd               10.10.1988
G. Newman                Grayson           14.11.1988
E.R. Shrubb                Eddie               03.12.1988
P.|J. Tilling                  Paul                 24.01.1989
M.P. Watts                  Martin              25.02.1989
A. Duncan                                          12.02.1990
J. Edisbury                 Jeff                  19.02.1990
M.P. Bradford            Malcolm          15.10.1990
P.J. Knapp                  Paul                 15.10.1990
S.J. Toughey              Steve                29.10.1990
R. Carlisle                  Ron                 05.11.1990
M.D. Harris               Mark                04.12.1990
N.D. Moye                Norman            15.01.1991
R.I. Walker                Ian                    31.01.1991 (former Trainmen G)
S. Gandey                  Steve                03.10.1988 (former Trainmen G)
P.W. Barber               Paul                  15.04.1991
D.J. Smith                 Dave                 15.04.1991
B. Williams               Billy                 15.04.1991
B.G. Shilliam            Barry                01.05.1991
Roden P.D.                                         01.07.1991
P.A.S. Rayment        Paul                   07.10.1991
C.N. Cook                Cliff                  12.08.1991
L.R. Parry 12.08.1991
L.R. Berry Lance 02.09.1991
A.R. Chumbley Alan 07.10.1991
J.J.P. Fournier Peter 15.10.1991
A.J. Green Adam 28.10.1991
S.P. Holder Steve 25.11.1991
D.S. Chumley Dave 25.11.1991
A.C. Cole Alex 25.11.1991
J.P. Herriott John 27.01.1992
P.E. Sparkes Phil 27.01.1992
S.M. Lloyd Steve 10.02.1992
E. Hughes 10.02.1992
L.R. Mair 10.02.1992
A. Pettitt Tony 28.02.1992
P.F. Jeacock Paul 02.03.1992
R.J. Lower Bob 16.03.1992
S.M. Lee 16.03.1992
A.B. Wilson 16.03.1992
A.B. Merritt 16.03.1992
R.A. Pelling Richard 16.03.1992
G.N. Prodger Gary 16.03.1992
D.A.C. Fairs 16.03.1992
J. Booth 30.03.1992
R.J. Lynch 30.03.1992
J.W. Willetts Justin 30.03.1992
D.S. Coleman Dave 30.03.1992
W.D. Willett Dave 27.04.1992
A.M. Thaxter Andy 27.04.1992
P.J. Fish Paul 27.04.1992
D.A. Smith Domonic 10.08.1992
P.S. Evans Paul 10.08.1992
D. Neish Dave 16.08.1993
A.R. Gregg Andy 16.08.1993
Claire De Marinis Claire 16.09.1993
I. Malpass Ian 11.10.1993
G. Colwell Gill 25.10.1993
R.W. Kettle Bob 22.11.1993
W.J. Simms Bill 22.11.1993
J.P. Buckingham Jamie 22.11.1993
P.J. Mantell Paul 06.12.1993
P. Garland Perry 06.12.1993
J.B. Donovan 06.12.1993
A.E. Durrant Adrian 10.01.1994 
D.P. Gausden Dave 10.01.1994
G.R. Bowen Gerwyn 10.01.1994
R.A. Knevett Bob 10.01.1994
R.J. Penwick |Ray 17.01.1994
T.J.A. Wood Tim 07.02.1994

Seniority not known 

D. Shephard Dave
K. Knight Kevin
C. Baxter Chris
D. Redding Dave
Phil Org?


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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