WELCOME TO


THE IGNITING THE FLAME OF UNITY


WEBSITE


THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE PIONEERING ENGINEMEN & 

MOTORMEN, ESPECIALLY TO THE A.S.L.E.& F. MEMBERS WHO 

WORKED IN THE VARIOUS FOOTPLATE GRADES OF 

THE BRIGHTON RAILWAY


To move from page to another, just click on the year as you hover 

over the year (right hand side) sub pages will appear 

for a particular event.

E.g. 1911 will show three sub page tittles appear.

 “WE WUNT BE DRUV” 


The motto asserts 

That people from Sussex have minds of their own, 

and cannot be forced against their will, or told what to do.


For the history of the railways have been well charted, but what do 
we know about the pioneering Enginemen who worked on 
locomotives on the early lines? For those first primitive railway 
services were fueled by the bloody, sweat, and the unremitting hard 
labour of the men who worked them; the story of the railways is their story too.
With the rapid spread of the railway network brought prosperity for 
the railway companies, but only hardship and exploitation for their 
employees. An Engineman's time was considered the property of his 
employer and he could be summoned for duty at any hour of the day 
and night.
 
Over many years much has been written about the various forms of 
traction that have operated on the Brighton Railway. But very little 
has been documented about the footplatemen and women who 
actually worked on them.
This website tries to remedy this, has it seeks to explain the  history 
of the Enginemen & Motormen and the creation of the Associated 
Society of Locomotive Engineers within the Brighton Railway along 
with the various A.S.L.E.& F.  branches and Motive Power depots 
of the Brighton Railway Company and section of the old Southern 
Railway/Region. 
This website features extracts from various publications and where 
possible credit has been given to the source of this information.
If anybody has any objections to the material that appears on this 
website. I will only too pleased to remove any such material from 
this site.
If there is any information that is incorrect or you have had 
experienced any problem whilst visiting the website, please let me 
know so I can rectify them.
Having visited this website I hope you will not only enjoy seeing it 
develop but perhaps also let us share any relevant pictures you have. 
If you have any photos relating to this subject and you would like to 
share on this website.
Please email them to me, along with any relevant info about the 
photo (name(s) location and the year).
I would also like to add to this website any stories from your life on 
the footplate.

This website combines all of my previous three websites


www.thebrightonbranchofaslef.yolasite.com


www.thesussexmotivepowerdepos.yolasite.com


www.thebrightonmotivepowerdepots.yolasite.com


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WEBSITE IS TO RECORD HISTORICAL INFORMATION, AND NOT FOR MAKING ANY KIND OF FINANCIAL GAIN.


originally started on

17th March 2010

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