Passage of the Transport Act, involving the nationalisation of the 


Discussions with companies and the Government arising from the 

peace time calling of members to the Forces.

A.S.L.E.& F. claims for improvements in wages and conditions of 

service presented by General Secretary W.P. Allen before a Ministry 

of Labour Court of Inquiry. Court of Inquiry recommended wages of 

7 s 6d per week (with appropriate advances for juniors) and a 

reduction from a 48 to 44 hour per week; also that an exhaustive 

enquiry should be held into the railway wages structure with a view to 

agreement being reached on rates for those engages on more 

important work

Award of the Court accepted by the various parties; wage increases 

and reduction in hours to operate as from the 30th June, 1947.

General Secretary W.P. Allen relinquished General Secretaryship 

having been appointed by the Minister of Transport to the Railway 

Executive set up by the Transport Act.


The Leatherhead Branch of A.S.L.E.& F. was founded in 1947. The branch is thought to have cover the three Motorman depots within the area. The two depots on the South Western at Leatherhead and Effingham Junction. At Effingham Junction there was also a very small Brighton Section (Central) depot which is thought to have been incorporated into this branch.




Sir.- Of the eight Labour members of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Five are railwaymen, all members of the loco. staff. Associated members: Bros. F.G. Robinson (Branch Secretary), F.E. Elmer (Branch Chairman), C.R. Cornford (Check Stewart and National Health agent). N.U.R. members (shed staff): Bros. D. Hutchings and E. Kennard.

Considering the total staff at this depot numbers only 90, you will agree this a fine show. These five fellow-workers, together with their Socialist colleagues on our local authority, have a big job in hand, and through their untiring efforts are making their weight felt in this bastion of Toryism.

We of this branch should like this opportunity to wish all those members of our organisation who have taken up the fight on our behalf success in their efforts.

V.A. Rumley 


MARCH 1947


We were pleased to welcome Bro. H. Bidwell, our executive member, on Sunday, February 10th, at a special meting held at the Wheatsheaf Hall.

Bro. F. Robinson, in the absence of our Chairman, presided over a fair attendance.

We were given an exhaustive report on the recent A.A.D. Conference and the National Programme, and Bro. Bidwell gave an interesting talk on the Nationalisation of the Railways. He gave satisfying answers to our members’ many and varied questions.

Bro. R. Cornford proposed a vote of thanks to our visitor, who, we hope, will visit our branch again on some future occasion.

Congratulation to Bros. Robinson and Elmer on their recent success in the Municipal Elections.

For attendance at our branch meeting we still rely on the few stalwarts. New faces, will find a welcome if they will make special effort to attend.


Asst. Branch Sec.


MARCH 1947



It is the duty of all men to attending meetings when available. On Sunday, February 2, we organised an open meeting for the purpose of gleaning knowledge on the suggested 88 hour fortnight. In the absence of the E.C. member, we had the pleasure of Bro. Cleaver (Organiser), at very short notice, to address the meeting. Although not being well informed on the latest negotiations, he was able to give those present food for thought on policy of our Society leading up to the present suggested step. At the time of writing, our members are not convinced that it will be beneficial, seeing that we already work 26 Sundays each year, and our duties are all passenger work. I would recommend that all readers of the Locomotive Journal pick up February’s issue and read again the General Secretary’s notes, Bro. J.F. Sharman’s report, Scottish Opinion, Bro. Simer's article, Bro. Monslow on Nationalisation, and last, but not least, Bill Juke’s Call to Action. All, in their way, should make us realise what is at stake, and from now on resolve to work as we never worked before for the ideal of us all, which is to provide for a better and fuller life. no periodical, magazine or journal contains such a wealth of sane writing for the price.



Ron Terrill Collection

L~ R: Driver Alf Charman (13.1918) & Fireman Charlie Evans,

Driver Earn Eacott (5.11.1917) & Fireman Tim Norman

Photo taken at Newhaven Marine station

Extracted and adapted from

Newhaven Branch Special Meeting

Sunday April 20th 1947

Bro. W.J. Cleaver in attendance

The speaker pointed out that it was apathy amongst the rank and file that really caused the percentages reductions to take place in 1930-1931 and took the Society until 1938 to recover that which they had lost, it took until 1938 to really get that which had been won in 1920! Bro. Cleaver pointed out that advances must be made there was no standing still, and if advance was not made things went back, this was retrograde and the aim and ambition of all was for advancement and it was only by attendance at meeting that resolutions could be made and forwarded to the Head Office for the guidance of the Executive Committee, and the formulation of a programme. 

This was a call to all members especially the younger members.

At the close of his address Bro. Crossburn asked for suggestions of any notice and so no member to ask any questions, Bro. Cossburn asked if any information was forthcoming re the proposed National Agreement and what Railway had been made. 

Bro. Cleaver replied that another meeting pending and he was no better informed than us.

Secretary asked Bro. Cleaver to give on the political fund which Bro. Cleaver did explaining the aim for political representation on and only the Government but all the originating bodies that will be involved in the National Railways etc.

Previous to terminating his address. Bro. Cleaver to the function that will be required of the L.D.C.s and Sectional Councils insofar as the Management of and operation of the Transport by rail of the National Transport system and pointed out that foresighted and systematized policy, will be required to make publicly owned railways a true success.


JULY 1947


On Friday, May 30, a special branch meeting was held in conjunction with the A.A.D. being held at Hastings for the first time in the history of the Society. Members from Eastbourne and Ore joined us to welcome our general secretary, Mr. W.P. Allen, also Bro. H.E. Bidwell,  president of the executive committee. The meeting was very well attended by the three branches. Delegates of the A.A.D. also visited the branch to show their appreciation for all that had been done to make their visit South a happy one.

Bro. G. Wright of Wood Green spoke of the L.P.T.B., and Bro. E. Peachey of Stratford gave a short address on the L.N.E.R. matters.

Then the president of the E.C. gave a lengthy address on the National programme as put before the companies recently, and now before the Court of Inquiry.

Bro. W.P. Allen, general secretary, received a great welcome on rising to speak for the first time in our branch room, also this being his first visit to Hastings.

Bro. Allen spoke on Nationalisation of the railways, and of the different ideas of line promotion of footplate men.

Members present then fired questions at the general secretary, to which he replied, and aftr a very good meeting, thoroughly enjoyed by all, the end came all too soon for some.

We at St. Leonards hope that the A.A.D. will again visit us in the South at some time future time, as we can assure the best of weather, as our branch chairman forecast on the opening of the conference.

D.W. Sargent

Branch Secretary 


Littlehampton Motorman Fred Hutchins

started on the footplate at Brighton Loco Depot seniority date 01.09.1911 



14th JULY 1947


Fighter Command 21C164/34064

The 1000th locomotive built at Brighton locomotive works since 1852, new to traffic 14th 
July 1947. After trials, fitted with first of the modified 'V' wedge shaped cabs, with two side 
windows (three became standard later). New to Ramsgate shed. Formally named at Waterloo 
Station by Sir James Robb 11 September 1947, along with Winston Churchill and Lord 
Dowding. Renumbered 34064 3rd June 1948. Unrebuilt; fitted with Giesl oblong Ejector and chimney April 1962, but this had no particular effect on the Bulleid's already excellent 
steaming abilities. Standby engine for Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train in January 1965; 
held in steam at Staines, but not needed. Withdrawn from Salisbury shed 22nd May 1966, 
stored in Basingstoke yard September 1966 and scrapped by Birds at Bridgend November 
1966.  Final mileage 759,666.

Railway accident on the 

Southern Railway 

Brighton Section



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Since our last report we have had visits by Bro. Cleaver (Organiser), to address members on that vexed question of housing. Whilst the present system gives only limited scope to him as Liaison Officer, our members are satisfied that motormen are at least having consideration alongside other key grades.

Rest Days! Implementation of same has revealed that the Electrical Section is working very near the bone for manpower. This position will have to be closely watched by Sectional Council.

We had the pleasure of the company of Bro. W. Isaac, Chairman of Sectional Council Employees’ Side, at our October 27 meeting, his short address was appreciated by all present.

All men in Steam and Electrical branches in electrified areas are asked to take note of the promotional machinery that will soon be a national agreement. There are some far reaching changes. Go to your meetings and keep in touch with current affairs! On the lighter side, we had our first Social and Dance on October 21. Results were very encouraging. Our best thanks to all who made the evening successful, including Mrs. and the Misses Boniface and Bro. Mutter for raffle prizes - and to our colleagues from Wimbledon and Norwood Junction for their support. Don’t forget Carnival Dance, December 28! let’s have a “Bumper” evening together.



South Croydon 24th October 1947 

Involving Motormen H. Goldsmith & A. Clack Depots unknown 



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