Scottish Driver’s and Firemen’s Friendly Society amalgamated with 

A.S.L.E. & F.

Establishment of Conciliation Boards Workmen’s Compensation 

Act of 1906

West Croydon Branch of A.S.L.E. & F. was founded 

in January 1908 

 Poor reproduction of the L.B.S.C.R. Drivers and Firemen Terms and Conditions 

commencing 1st January 1908.



28th January 1908

Tunbridge Wells engine driver T. Terry old age 28th January 1908, aged 24. Joined the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, on the 27th July 1877


Selsey Enginemen standing on 
the locomotive ‘Selsey’ at the Chichester Terminal station


23rd June 1908

Tunbridge Wells engine cleaner Joseph Ernest Bassett (aged 18) whilst cleaning an engine in Tunbridge Wells locomotive shed, it was moved and the big end hit his leg. Foreman R. Wilks, did not place a "Not To Be Move" board


9th June 1908

Battersea engine driver T. McKew died in service on the 19th June 1908, aged 57. Joined the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants on the 13th December 1872


27th August 1908

Tunbridge Wells engine driver Y. Emery old age 27th August 1908, aged 60. Joined the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, on the 29th September 1888


The inaugural trip of the Southern Belle was made on Saturday, 31st, October 1908, and was 
placed in public service on Sunday 1st November 1908. As the “Sunday Pullman Limited: 
had been restored on Sunday 4th October 1908, after its customary summer suspension. 
Monday 2nd November 1908 has sometimes been given wrongly for the “Southern Belle.” In fact, on the Sunday that the “Southern Belle” made its first run in public service, the demand for seats was so great that a relief Pullman train had to be run, and this was filled. From the outset, “The Southern Belle” left at 11 a.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and returned from Brighton at 5.45 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on Sundays. The Sunday workings superseded those of the “Sunday Pullman Limited.”

In 1910, the daily service was doubled, weekday workings at 3.10 p.m. from Victoria and 
12.20 p.m. from Brighton being added. On Sundays the departures from Victoria became 11 
a.m. and 6.30 p.m., and from Brighton 5 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

Until June 1915, the “Southern Belle” was an all-Pullman exclusively first class train, but 
from that month third class passengers were conveyed in an ordinary compartment bogie 
attached to the rear of the rain. From Sunday 12th September, 1915, third class Pullmans 
were provided for the first time. They were attached to many trains and  were included in the regular formation of the “Southern Belle” on weekdays only. The first class cars had always been know by names, but the third class bore numbers only. The early ones were converted from old American-built first class care. On Thursday 7th October, 1915, a new company called the Pullman Car Co. Ltd. was incorporated to over from Thursday 30th September, 1915, the rolling stock and goodwill of the old company.

From Monday 1st January, 1917, Pullman service were greatly curtailed, and the “Southern 
Belle” was withdrawn. This was in accordance with the general austerity of the latter part of 
the first world war. The train was restored (once daily) on Wednesday 1st October, 1919, but 
the 60-min. timing and twice daily working were not resumed until Sunday 10th October, 
1920. On Thursday 1st January, 1925, the train was reformed, with entirely new cars, which 
ran until they were displace by electrification




Railway accident on the 


Polegate 31st December 1908

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