Strike if members of the Amalgamated Society of Enginemen. 

A.S.L.E. & F. granted £1,000 and loaned a further £10,000 to the 

Amalgamated Society of Enginemen’s Strike Fund  

Railway accidents on the 


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

Kensington 24th Jan 1897 

Involving Driver William Radford & F'man William Henry Winter 

Depot unknown 


New Cross 7th August 1897

Selsey (1897 - 1935)

Selsey locomotive shed was opened on the 27th August 1897 by the Hundred of Manhood 

and Selsey Tramway. The shed was located on the North of Selsey Town station and was a 

timber built two track straight dead-end shed with a gable style roof. 

The shed was closed on the 19th January 1935, by the Southern Railway.   


Selsey Loco Shed

There was seven steam locomotives were all tank locomotives which where used on the 

Selsey railway line during the its life. Some of which are picture above standing on Selsey 

Loco shed

Sidlesham 0-6-0T built in 1861

Chichester (first) 0-4-2T built in c1865 also known as Wembley

Morous 0-6-0T built in 1866

Hesperus 0-4-2T built in 1871/2

Ringing Rock 0-6-0T built in 1883

Selsey 2-4-2T, built in 1897

Chichester (second) 0-6-0T built in 1903

Rail Cars were trailed in 1921 and acquired two in 1924. This was followed by two more in 



Selsey Enginemen at Selsey Loco Shed with Ringing Rock

Railway accident on the 


Tooth’s Bank (Heathfield - Mayfield) 1st September 1897 

Involving Driver James MacKinlay & his fireman Lewis Minns 

SEE BELOW (Not the official report)




Involving Driver James MacKinlay

& his fireman Lewis Minns 

Eastbourne Loco  

On the morning of Wednesday 1st September 1897, Driver James McKenly was working the 8.18 a.m. service from Eastbourne to Tunbridge Wells West, with a Class ‘D-tank’ No. 297 Bonchurch. The train was running around four minutes later and Driver James McKenly was trying to pick up time in order to meet a connecting train at Groombridge. As the train entered the Tooth Bank curve, at about 40 m.p.h. it suddenly left the track at speed and over turned on. Driver James McKenly was killed and his fireman Lewis Minns, was seriously injured, and 30 passengers suffered minor injuries


On the 1st September 1897, the 8.18 a.m. Eastbourne to Tunbridge Wells train worked by Driver James McKenly driving a 'D' Class tank No. 297 'Bonchurch' , down Tooth's Bank between Heathfield and Mayfield. About 2 ½ miles North of Heathfield station at the foot of the bank the locomotive suddenly rolled violently and flung itself and the carriages off the tracks with a thunderous crash audible for a distance of 1 ½ miles. Some of the carriages came to rest at the foot of the steep embankment, while other strewn about the track and badly battered. Thirty passengers and the fireman were seriously injured while Driver James McKenly died before help arrived.


At the inquiry Lieutenant Colonel G. W. Addison found the speed excessive because of Driver  James McKenly attempting to make up a four minute late departure and keep his Groombridge connection for London and Tunbridge Wells. On inspection the track was was found in poor shape with many rotten sleepers and curves having irregular elevation, which must have tipped the scales against the locomotive’s successful passage at high speed. As a result much of the line was hurriedly relaid and the Heathfield - Mayfield allowance increased from nine to eleven minutes to ensure easier running.

Mr J Daw, a lay preacher, described his experience in a little book which was published in 1905. He joined the train at Hailsham, and as it neared Mayfield he felt a jolting.

"In another moment the engine was off the rails and on the sleepers, the broken ends of which were knocking against the bottom," he said.

"Not knowing what was the matter, I turned to the window and saw the fourth carriage from the engine leaving the line on the opposite side to that on which the engine went over, and the fifth carriage following it and crushing into the end of it as they bounced down the embankment together. The middle part of the train was forced down the bank, the remainder of the carriages following after.

"The appalling crash that came upon the carriage I was in is beyond my power to describe. When the noise was over I opened my eyes and looked up, and to my astonishment I was alive.

"The roof, sides and doors of the carriage were gone. My head was cut in five places and blood was pouring down my face from a deep cut over my right eye, but I was perfectly conscious.

"I stepped out of the ruins of the carriage and looked around. The engine was lying on its side on the eastern bank, puffing and panting like some monster in its dying struggles. Passengers were moving about, such as could walk. Others were being rescued from the broken carriages, some through the windows, some lifted out from the doors as the carriages lay on their sides, and some came through the bottom of the carriages that had been wrenched away from the framework.

"As I glanced around the bank I saw the body of the engine driver. The men that had come to help the injured had found him under the wreck of the carriage I had been in."

James MacKinley was a Passed Cleaner at Brighton aged 19 in 1877

 Three Bridges Loco Dept. on  Queen Victoria's Diamond coronation in 1897.

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