1934


Partial restoration of percentage deductions.


LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

1934

EASTBOURNE BRANCH


Where were the “grousers” during the branch meeting? Well, you missed a treat: Sectional Council minutes pulled to pieces and put together again, three out of the four points concede by the Company, more money in your pockets; so come and help yourself to more. What a debate on the vital question of transfers by those who have been and those who will be! Electrification affects you all, so come and have a say in the matter. New men attended this first possible meeting: old hand, you want to look into that before the next meeting. The new officers are all triers and willing to teach or be taught. To the older members I say: Come and show them you approve of the new generation; and to the youngsters: Come and pile in, show how much you have learnt; But to all: Help yourselves, `ware sparks. They are on their way to Eastbourne, so let us 100 per cent membership, and a branch room well crowed. There is nothing to be afraid of. We want all your grievances at the branch room to be dealt with satisfactory. To those who are outside the Society: I appeal to them join us and look to the future.

BRANCH REPORTER

 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN 

EASTBOURNE LOCO SHED

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

1934

EASTBOURNE BRANCH


Yes! We are here again after a very interesting 2 hours discussing several important items, especially the companies’ proposals for the new negotiating machinery, which were not acceptable to the members present at our February meeting, where upon they decided to forward to the E.C. a resolution endorsing their action in refusing the Companies’ proposals, and also ask for the restoration for the 2.1/2 per cent cut, especially now the Companies are having a “good time” according to their finical position. Traffic receipts up, and still going up, so I appeal to all branches to forward your resolution to your E.C. to press for return to normal times.

Now to the non-unionists at the depot I am Glad to report we have made 10 new members since January.  Why not make it 20 by our next meeting on April 8th? I ask: Where will the “nons” be in case of accident, and nobody is exempt from them? Think of your wife and family; it only cost 1d. a day to belong to our Society. Think of it, the price of a daily paper. I appeal to those outside: Get your membership form. I have plenty that want filling up. Do not like some our recently transferred “nons” from this depot; be approached by the secretary asking for your card and find that you have not got one to produce. Come in with us; we shan’t bite you!  Now I appeal to all members: Do not use the mess room as a branch to air your grievances. They will not get rectified there! Take them to the branch room for just 2 hours a month of your time, and sometimes exciting a that.

W. HARDY 

BRANCH SECRETARY

Railway accidents on the 


Southern Railway 


Brighton Section



Caterham 1st April 1934

London Bridge 19th April 1934


THE CLOSURE OF

BATTERSEA (PARK) LOCO SHED

Battersea (Park) roundhouses closed in 1934, with the remaining locomotives and work being transferred to neighbouring South Eastern shed at Stewart’s Lane. 

Stewarts Lane provided a number of locomotives for what became the Central Division, but Brighton always remained the ultimate supplier of traction

PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN 

Bognor Loco as seen on Sunday 5th May 1934 

THE FORMATION OF BRIGHTON No.2 OF A.S.L.E.& F.


In May 1934 the Brighton Branch of A.S.L.E.F. was split with the Enginemen and Firemen 
working at the Steam Locomotive Shed becoming Brighton No. 1 Branch with Engineman Bro F. Stevenson continuing in the role as branch secretary.

The Motormen working at Brighton Lovers Walk Electric Multiple Unit Depot and West 
Worthing Electric Car Sheds becoming Brighton No.2 Branch with Brighton based Motorman 

Bro F. Booker being duly elected to become the first branch secretary of the newly opened 
No.2 branch. The Brighton No. 2 branch opened with 58 A.S.L.E.F. members of which 44 
where at the Brighton depot and 14 at the West Worthing depot. This gives an indication to 
the sizes of the two depots but not an exact figure.

Over the next few years the expanding Southern railway electrification programme was to 
change the face of many Steam depots along the Sussex coast, with some depots and men 
transferring from the Locomotive Grade (Engineman) into the Electric Multiple Unit Grade 
(Motorman). At some locations where there was still the need to for a Locomotive 
depot a separate Motorman’s Depot would also be opened.  

With the expanding electrification of the Railways serving Brighton East and West Coast 
Brighton No 2 Branch started to become bigger until eventually becoming one of the largest 
Motorman’s depots on the Southern Railway, whilst West Worthing Motorman’s Depot remained in the shadow of its larger neighbour. 


BRIGHTON Nos. 1 & 2 BRANCHES FORMED

In May 1934, the opening of the Brighton No.2 Branch, which was formed to represent the 
interests of motormen of Brighton & West Worthing depots. The Brighton steam depot 
members were to become Brighton No.1 Branch.

PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION

PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION

 

It appears from these open pages of the Branch sub-book, that members at the newly opened 
West Worthing depot joined the A.S.L.E.F. within the first few months of the depot being 
opened. This is indication on the left hand column is the date the members joined A.S.L.E.F. Above Brighton No.2 Branch subscriptions book page 1, shows the West Worthing members 

This page also shows the names of the original 14 West Worthing A.S.L.E.F. members and 
gives an indication of the size of the depot. It is not known at this moment in time the exact 
size of West Worthing depot .

It was only a matter of time that A.S.L.E.F. was to be recognised as the only true voice for 
footplatemen regardless of their grade within the line of promotion. This is reflected in the 
high number of Motormen joining A.S.L.E.&F. after they transferred into their new grade.    


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PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION


Above Brighton No.2 Branch subscriptions book page 1 the Brighton membership.
Unlike many of the West Worthing motormen, many of the motormen at Brighton had 
been A.S.L.E.F. members for many years prior to the opening of the new motormen’s 
depot. The motorman with longest members was W.G. Lewery who had joined in 
A.S.L.E.& F. in 1904.

This page along with the following two pages, shows the names of the original 44  
Motormen belonging to the Brighton No.2 Branch. This gives a good indication of the 
size of Brighton's Motormen's depot in 1934.

The opening pages cover the months of 1934 & 1935 with the membership paying their 
contributions.

PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION


Above Brighton No.2 Branch subscriptions book page 2 the Brighton membership.

These pages gives a true account of the A.S.L.E.F. membership within the Brighton No.2 
Branch. and a rough indication of the size of Brighton's Motormen's depots during 1934 - 35.
The majority to them transferring from the Brighton Loco Dept./Brighton No. 1 Branch to the Motormen's grade in mid 1932.
Motorman (F.W.) W. Hutchings, started his railway career in 1908 and started on footplate depot seniority on the 01.09.1911 and joined ASLE&F in February 1912.

A rough idea also can be gained of the length of service and age of some of the Motormen 


PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION

Above Brighton No.2 Branch sub-scriptions book page 3 the Brighton membership.
Page 3 shows the remaining A.S.L.E.F. members of the Brighton No.2 Branch along with 
Motormen transfering into Depot and Brighton No. 2 Branch.Motormen A. Pearce came from Three Bridges and W. E. Reed came from Reigate, transferred into Brighton by September 1934. 

In 1935 Brightom Motorman F. Gurman joined A.S.L.E.F. on 31st June 1935. F. Gurman and A. Pearce (ex Three Bridges & Newhaven) both of them later transferred to the newly opened Motormen's depot at Seaford in July 1935.

Motorman W. H. Reed  transferred from Three Bridges to Brighton just prior to June 1935.

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


1934


BRIGHTON BRANCH 

A happy party attended our ninth birthday: two well decorated tables were filled with happy 
children and mothers of our branch. The birthday cake was made by Mrs Pierce, made a 
pleasing centre-piece. The Secretary read a letter from our chairman, Mrs Lewery, regretting 
her absence through illness; she wished us a happy time and every success for the coming 
year. Mrs Walls, Vice Chairman then welcomed the guests, while the nine candles on the cake burned their welcome. Tea was enjoyed amidst the strain of the wireless band. The vice 
chairman then cut the cake, which was handed round, and she made a pleasing speech. The 
Committee had prepared a surprise for the Secretary and Chairman, and it was a great 
disappointment to find the Chairman absent, as she was to have been presented with a cut-
glass bowl filled with trifle, such as she had longed for her visit to Portsmouth birthday tea. 
This had to be sent her and the members were pleased to know she was too ill to enjoy it. The Secretary’s cut-glass bowl was filled with fruit and flowers, for which she thanked the 
members for their kind thoughts. Mrs Andrews (Hon. Member) then organised games, etc. for the children, and when the happy party finished, every child was presented with a gift and a balloon.


A.M. ANDREWS,

SECRETARY



THIS THE LAST REPORT FROM THE BRIGHTON WOMENS SOCIETY


THE DATE OF CLOSURE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME





 ALAN PENTNEY COLLECTION


WOMEN’S SOCIETY BROOCH


LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

1934

EASTBOURNE BRANCH

A smoking concert was given in honour of our recently-retired member, Bro. G. Hall, one of our stalwart trade unionist of 40 years standing. We were pleased to welcome Organising Secretary Bro. J.V. Sweeney, who made the presentations to Bro G. Hall of a suitably subscribed barometer and a hand-bag to Mrs Hall, with short address regarding our Brother’s long membership and the splendid work of the Society during his long service to the railway company from cleaner to driver, and with a hearty good wish that Bro. G. Hall will have a long years of health in his well-earned rest. Our Loco foreman, Mr R. Steele, also attended and enjoyed our company for the evening, which seemed all too short, and gave us a short record of Bro. G. Hall service from 1889 to 1934. he had been looking for late bookings on duty, but I gather he was unfortunate, and his closing remarks were: “We must have had an angel working amongst us.”  We continued our very pleasant evening of song and laughter with a room full of our members and N.U.R. members and their wives, to who a cordial invitation had been extended with a presentation from the traffic dept. at Eastbourne of a set of pipes, pouch and tobacco, with appreciation of a long service at Eastbourne. Our chairman, Bro. J. Langridge, of whom we all have to thank for his hard work in arranging the evening’s programme “made good use of his hammer,” it seemed to get our artistes from nowhere we seemed to be crowed out with talent. I should like to thank all those responded to our chairman’s hammer during that most enjoyable evening at which we were granted an extension of licence till 11-30 p.m., and closed memorable evening with "Auld Langs Syne"

W. HARDY 

BRANCH SECRETARY


TOLLING THE BELLES OF CHANGE

 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN  

29th June 1934

Staff of the Southern Railway at London Victoria station, changing the name boards on the 

front of  the ‘Southern Belle’ was to be renamed the ‘Brighton Belle’. 


On the 29th June the Southern Railway did further violence to Brighton sentiment by 
renaming the Southern Belle the Brighton Belle, ostensibly to prevent confusion with the 
newly introduced Brighton Belle, after twenty six years “the most luxurious train in the 
world” should not have been allowed to carry on under its old tittle. The fact that the 
Southern Belle was no longer the one and only all Pullman train of the line and it was 
probably considered that the word Southern now had a wider connotation, and ought not to be monopolised by the only one of the former constituent companies.    



PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN  

The inaugural arrival of the 

“Electric Brighton Belle” 

 at Brighton Station on the 29th June 1934

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

1934

EASTBOURNE BRANCH

We are still making good headway here, four more new members admitted at our last meeting on June 10th, making a grand total of 20 since January of this year. Our meeting was attended as usual, by the same number of “regulars” who very seldom miss a meeting, and the same number who get first-hand information from our H.O. regarding all working being done by our fraternity. I would appeal to all those very seldom attend to give a few minutes in the branch-room and listen to a few of the facts, and not rumours which are floated occasionally at the depot. Well we still have good business for our L.D.C. to attend to. I think with the help of our stalwarts a lot can be rectified. I wish to remind our members at Eastbourne: “Creeping paralysis” (electrification) is overcoming this district, and will affect all of us in some way or the other: get to your branch meeting and hear or suggest what should or can be done for our benefit. Our short meeting was brought to a close at 3-15 p.m. and re-opened again as an open meeting for all locomotivemen, at which we had with us our Organising Secretary Bro. J.V. Sweeney, who gave us a very good explanation of the Society’s demand for the return of our cuts and conditions and the retention of the Wages Board, explaining some facts and figures which I hope, has enlightened a few of our members. I would have been pleased to have the “nons” listen to his speech, but they are satisfied with any conditions, and do not need help in the return of their cuts. If they did they would not be outside. I suggest if the companies want to save money they take it from those that do not assist in keeping what we have already got. The meeting closed with a hearty vote of thanks.  

BRANCH SECRETARY

 POSTCARD

Railway accident on the 


Southern Railway 


Brighton Section



Haywards Heath 8th November 1934

Left ~ Right: Horsham Driver Harry Hodge & his Fireman Jack Francis

Seen in Amberly down yard in c1934

Harry Hodge, seniority date19.01.1914 (Battersea & Horsham). Harry was known as ‘Hodge of Horsham’. He was a contrary individual and caused a number of problems with his manner and attitude. Charlie Cooke fired to Harry for a couple of years and things had become intolerable between them, the final straw being early one morning during the war, Charlie had arrived early and started to prepare the engine, a D 3 Bogie Tank. They had to prepare the engines inside the shed with the doors closed, because of the blackout. Charlie, just before starting time, got down and opened the shed doors in preparation for their departure. Harry, who had been in the shed, came along, closed the doors and then drove the engine through them. He then accused Charlie of not opening them! Harry realised he had gone too far and went to the Foreman and asked for another mate. Meanwhile Charlie just got off the engine and went home, otherwise he would have probably injured Hodge he was that mad. The next day, they were both called in before the Governor, Mr Howie, who also had issues with Hodge (Hodge had reported him for going home early) and it was then that Charlie asked to be put along with another driver. Charlie went with Jack Wilkins and Charlie and Harry never spoke to one another again. 

Jack Francis seniority date 11.02.1918  (Horsham). Jack, known as ‘Mad Jack’ was a fireman at Horsham, and Branch Secretary. He left the railway before passing for driving.
Information by Brian Cooke (Charlie Cook’s Grandson)


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