A.S.L.E.& F.’s membership reaches one thousand members.

Railway accident on the 


London Bridge 1st February 1884

On the 10th March 1884 

the South Croydon to East Grinstead line was opened.

Railway accidents on the 


from http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk

West Brighton 24th March 1884 

Involving Brighton Driver William Verral & Fireman Alfred 


Driver Robert Bond & Fireman Thomas Knight Depot Unknown


Preston Park 26th March 1884


extracted from RTCS book on locomotives of the LBSCR

Brighton enginemen, Harry Aylwin was leaving Lewes on of the evening of 11thApril, 1884, with his loco no. 209 ‘Devonshire’, the reversing gear was jammed in full forward position and as the crew were unable to shut the regulator for several miles a signal was passed at danger was inadvertently passed. This was reported by the guard when, despite the circumstances and the fact that no lives were actually endangered, the driver was fined £4 and his fireman £2. No of appeal was granted, even after the reversing gear was found to be faulty on inspection at Brighton.

Harry Aylwin was severely reprimanded and fined again in May, 1884 for not reporting a mishap on Eastbourne shed. He had moved his engine (No. 209 ‘Devonshire’) slowly towards the turntable after dark in pouring rain and failed to notice that it was set for the adjacent road. The front of his engine toppled gently into the pit and came to rest at an acute angle with much of the water running clear of the firebox. There was no alternative but to throw out the fired, and when this was accomplished Harry walked over to the foreman’s office and requested a spare engine because his was not steaming well. The foreman asked for more information, whereupon he was told in terms usually reserved for the very young or slow-witted – “Look, Mr. Jones, no engine steam without fire and mine has lost its”. The foreman was not amused, and in due course the witticism cost him another £3, together with a warning as to his future behavior.

Railway accidents on the 


from http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk

Denmark Hill 29th May 1884

East Croydon 9th September 1884 

Involving Driver Edward Elliot & Fireman Alfred Baber Depot 


Sutton 12th September 1884

West Croydon 17th December 1884 

Involving Driver Robert Milley & Fireman Joseph Burbage Depot 


Painting by David Ramshaw 



extracted from the R.C.T.S. book of L.B.S.C.R. Locomotice Vol. 2

Tunbridge Wells Driver Osgood whilst working locomotive No. 273 Dornden on 17th December, 1884, when they were working the late night Eastbourne – Tunbridge Wells train. At Heathfield, Major Edwards, a wealthy landowner of Groombridge, ran on to the platform just as the guard was signalling the right away, so he was hurriedly assist into a first-class compartment before the staff noticed he was very drunk. At Mayfield the omission was quickly remedied for he complained bitterly of not having a ticket and on one being supplied he held up the train while he visited the toilet. On returning to his compartment the guard wisely locked both doors and with the crew further thought to the matter until between Rotherfield and Eridge, when the Major suddenly appeared on the footplate complaining that a large dog had chased him out of the carriage window. With understanding the fireman drove off the dog with his shovel, while the driver made their guest comfortable as possible on their coats, whereupon he quickly fell asleep. At Eridge a hasty inspection of the train showed that the compartment had been left through the window and passage to the footplate made along the running boards of two carriages, a feat no sober man could have performed in daylight. Needless to say no fierce dog discovered! The guard, stationmaster and driver agreed that the footplate was the safest place until Groombridge stop, so the train was dispatched and in due course reached that station. There the Major refused to wake up and had to be taken to Tunbridge Wells where a signal stop was made some four hundred yards from the platform. Coming to life quite suddenly the unwanted guest threw off the coats and flung himself off the footplate shouting “Groombridge, Groombridge, all change”. All was silent and as the signal changed to green the train was taken into the station where lanterns were obtained and a search party organised to collect the body. On reaching the scene a stream swollen with flood water was seen at the foot of a steep embankment down which various marks showed the Major's hurried descent. No body could be found, so the course of the stream was followed until it passed in a culvert under the railway line. The search was thereupon abandoned because no one considered a human being could be alive in such a ragging torrent. On return to the station a messenger was sent on a bicycle to the police and the business of stabling the train and the engine commenced, while the guard sat in the stationmaster's office preparing his report. Just as the police arrived and the story was being told, the very young and inexperienced booking clerk called assistance saying “A drunken tramp won't believe that the last train has left for Groombridge and he keeps beating off a huge dog I can't see”. For a moment silence reigned in the office, then there was a concerned rush for the ticket hall where stood the missing Major Edwards, covered in mud, soaking wet and still drunk but also very much alive. After the provision of dry clothing and black coffee, he was sent home by special train little worse for the escapade. Later on learning that the Company was penalising the men concerned, he paid their fines and sent a cheque for £25 to the Widows & Orphan Fund.

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