Welcome to


Igniting the Flame of Unity


Website


THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE PIONEERING ENGINEMEN, 

MOTORMEN AND 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 combine my previous three website

www.thebrightonbranchofaslef.yolasite.com


www.thesussexmotivepowerdepos.yolasite.com


www.thebrightonmotivepowerdepots.yolasite.com


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WEB SITE IS TO RECORD HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND NOT FOR MAKING ANY FINANCIAL GAIN.




Started on

17th March 2010

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