1968

 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN 

Ore Depot 

 Extracted and adapted from

Ore Branch Meeting 

21st April 1968


L.D.C. Report

Given by Bro. D. Judges, covered a wide range of subjects including future Electrification of Tunbridge Branch, Ore depot being closed and transferred to Marina, no comment from management side. 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


MAY 1968


BRIGHTON (1)

 

Bro. W. Terrill was involved in an accident when a crane lifting a container toppled over and 
our member sustained severe head injuries. Notwithstanding very difficult circumstance in 
this case A.G.S. Ray Buckton, against strong opposition, succeeded in obtaining a most 
favourable settlement. Bro. Buckton again won a case for Bro. J. Gray who unfortunately lost leg in a motor-cycle accident. Here again the circumstances were adverse but in negotiating with the insurance company Bro. Buckton successfully concluded a very substantial settlement on behalf of our member. Mr. Buckton must have put in a lot of 
time and effort on these two cases and we wish to publicise the good work that he has done.
 

Thank you. Brother! 

Bro. Don Pullen has shown his skill and resourcefulness in a very tricky discipline case 
involving a Brighton Driver, arising from a complete brake failure on a Crompton loco. No 
accident occurred, fortunately. The Driver was found guilty of negligence and not having his 
train under control. Bro. Pullen in the period intervening before the appeal made stringent 
investigations collected enough evidence in our member’s favour to have the charge dropped and our member cleared.

It is of the utmost importance to report all defects; only when they have been reported can 
they be used in supporting evidence. Thank you, Bro. Don!


A.M. Hardiman,

Branch Secretary

 Extracted and adapted from

Ore Branch Meeting 

23rd June 1968

Progressive Productivity Committee

At meeting held 6th May 1968, it was suggested that a committee be formed to boost mileage on Central Division, as on the S.W. division.

Bro. Bastion of Crystal Palace disagreed strongly and Brighton representative, claimed that this was managements prerogative.

The management withdrew for representative discussion in which Bro. W. Eames, London Bridge, recommended that the committee be thrown out and that the representation try for a pay and productivity scheme be sought for Southern Region only.

A Committee was set up to try to improve mileage.



SEAFORD BRANCH

Extracted and adapted from

SEAFORD BRANCH MINUTES

A special Branch Meeting was held on 

Sunday 30th June 1968 

at the Royal British Legion Seaford.

Members present Bros. D. Renville, H. Allen, C. Wickenden, D. Smith, W. Tansell, 

F. Wheeler, V. Morris, G. Hilton, J. Bowlden, M. Giles, D. Creasey, & S. Cheal 

(apologies from V. Harris).

Chairman Bro. D. Renville welcomed Bro. Creasey to Seaford Branch and explained apart from two small items, the meeting would deal with the present Rail Dispute.


THIS RAIL DISPUTE

All present had read the H.O. Correspondence relating to the dispute, which had been posted. All aspects of the dispute were fully discussed, the L.D.C. Secretary read the copy of the notice posted relating to today's Rail Closure. The Secretary explained the telephone conversation with H.O. It was agreed future developments as quoted nationally be accepted after secretary had phoned H.O.

 JUNE 30TH 1968 


ALL BRITISH RAIL STATIONS AND DEPOT CLOSED


THIS SUNDAY, FIRST TIME IN KNOWN HISTORY

As normal Branch meeting place not available, branch Committee meeting held at 10.45 a.m. At Eastlands Road Tunbridge Wells on June 30th . 7 out of 98 members being present. 

Bro. K. Savage holiday and apology received from Bro. R. Sullivan.

The Chairman opened meeting and explained circumstances of convening and venue of meeting.

H.O. Circulars 45&49/1968 being posted in shed taken as read.

Minutes of Joint Central L.D.C.s meeting of 19/5/68 held at Three Bridges, attended by L.D.C. Chairman and Secretary were read, concern being expressed re probable  redundancy at Three Bridges and other depots also point out that proposed next meeting had been put back from July to September at East Croydon.

Notice sent to L.D.C. From management dated 28/6/68 cancelling sunday June 30th duty Roster was read.

Joint divisional Progressive Committee letter from Bro. B. Noakes A/Secretary asking for comments re setting up of same on S.R. This was thought to be an ill advised venture in light of present B.R.B. Negotations and against the best interest of all drivers. Chairman instructed to reply in the light of the above and other opinions expressed.

Needs to be re photographed

Branch Committee Members present 

Bros. W. Ovenden, P. Pepper, A. Card, V. Rumley, F. Diplock, A. Brooker, & R. Bridger.


*The rail strike lasted 12 days in total and caused massive disruption to the railway network.

On Friday 5th July, 1968 a work to rule was called off after the N.U.R. accepted a peace offer from British Railways.

The deal provided pay increases for all the union's members - 10 shillings a week extra for the lowest paid and three per cent extra for all others.

A.S.L.E.& F. who had joined the strike also reached a settlement with British Railways and the train services returned to normal fairly rapidly.

Because Sunday were outside the guaranteed working. All the Sunday turns were cancelled to save British Railways money. 

Extracted and adapted from

SEAFORD BRANCH MINUTES



Moved by Bro. F. Wheeler & Seconded by Bro D. Renville. 

That a list for Bro. E. Collington be arranged, a suitable present be obtained any deficiency be met from Seaford Branch Fund. It was agreed that should a presentation be made such arrangements be left to the shift he worked with as a Motorman & Guard.

Railway accident on British Railways

Southern Region 


Central Division


Normans Bay Halt 4th September 1968


Extracted and adapted from

Tunbridge Wells Branch Meeting

Sunday September 8th  1968 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station


On the report of the proposed line closure from Uckfield to Lewes and Ashurst Junction to Groombridge, it was proposed by Bro. K. Savage and seconded by Bro. R. Bridger. “That the following resolution be sent to the Tunbridge Wells Trade Council.

“The Tunbridge Wells Branch of A.S.L.E. & F. wish to express their apprecation of the co-operation and action taken by the “Trades Council in opposing to the closure of the Hurst Green to Lewes line. Whilst not being 100% successful was given to other organisations by the early warning of B.R.B. Intentions, to enable them to organise their own machinery to appose the closure.”

There bring no other business, the Chairman thanked members for their attendance and closed the meeting at 

1 o/c p.m.

Members present Bros. R. Bridger, H. Love, A. Brooker & K. Savage.

  
CLOSURE OF THE FINAL SECTION
 OF THE CUCKOO LINE

The last sections of the Cuckoo line closed on the 8th September 1968 

The Heathfield and Hailsham goods trains ceased, along with the passenger service between Hailsham to Polegate Branch Line.





PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN 

The last day of service between Hailsham and Polegate 
8th September 1968

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

THREE BRIDGES

OCTOBER 1968

DISTRICT ORGANISER REPORT 

We had a good meeting recently at Three Bridges where Jimmy Sayers and his lads wanted to know the details of the pending closure of their depot. At Feltham, Eastbourne and other Southern Depots, too, our members anxiousy await the November vacancy lists which will give some idea of the moves in store.

Our Sectional council Representatives have had a few crosses to bear down through the years, but never on the Southern Region have they been confronted with wholesale redundancy before. 


TONY SQUIRES COLLECTION

Left - Right Tony Squires & Bill Locke

in Littlehampton Messroom


Three Bridges and Eastbourne Mixed Traction Depots 
closed on 30th November 1968.

Both Three Bridges and Eastbourne A.S.L.E.&F. Branches remained opened to represent the E.M.U.T. members at both locations

VACANCIES FOR FOOTPLATE STAFF LIST No. 112 

28th NOVEMBER 1968 

REFERRING TO THE NOTICE ISSUED ON THE 6th  NOVEMBER 1968, THE FOLLOWING ARE THE 

SENIOR APPLICANTS FOR THESE VACANCIES AND THE DATE OF APPOINTMENT WILL BE 2nd 

DECEMBER 1968 FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES 

SPECIAL NOTICE

REDUNDANT STAFF AT CLOSING ALLOCATED TO VACANCIES SHOWN ON THIS RESULT SHEET ARE 

REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD APPLY WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE POSTING OF THIS LIST IF 

THEY WISH TO NOMINATE A SUBSTITUTE DEPOT FOR THEIR CLOSING DEPOT IN ACCORDANCE 

WITH CLAUSE 21, AND GOVERNED BY THE PRINCIPLES OF CLAUSE 16 OF THE P.T. & R. 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR FOOTPLATE STAFF.

 PRO-FORM FOR THIS PURPOSE WILL BE ISSUED TO EACH MAN CONCERNED.


EASTBOURNE M.T. REDUNDANT FOOTPLATEMEN

NOVEMBER 1968

 

NAME                          GRADE                      SENIORITY     MOVED TO         GRADE

PEARSON R.               DRIVER                       19.03.45         ST. L’NARDS        DRIVER

MURPHY B.J.C           DRIVER                       27.06.47         ADDISCOMBE     DRIVER

NIX D.A.                      DRIVER                       08.09.47         EASTLEIGH         DRIVER

WOODROW C.E.        DRIVER                       26.09.47         R'HILL EMUT       DRIVER

BAKER K.                    DRIVER                       05.11.47         DOVER                 DRIVER

HURD-GATER E.J.      DRIVER                       21.04.48         B’TON MT           DRIVER

HUGHES E.D.              DRIVER                       30.04.48         B’TON MT          DRIVER

PICKETT T.                  DRIVER                       08.11.48         R’HILL EMUT    DRIVER

EVANS E.G.                 DRIVER                       02.05.49         SELHURST         DRIVER

BOWLES C.E.              PSD F/M                      07.03.55         B’TON MT          FIREMAN

GATES E.                     PSD F/M                       02.07.59         T.W.W.                 DRIVER*

BARNES J.M.              PSD F/M                      26.06.61          ORPINGTON      DRIVER*

YOUNG A.                   PSD F/M                      29.11.61          NORWOOD        DRIVER*

WAGHORNE, R           PSD F/M                      03.12.62         TONBRIDGE      FIREMAN

KENYON R                  PSD F/M                      11.03.63         TONBRIDGE      FIREMAN


PROMOTIONAL MOVE TO DRIVER

THREE BRIDGES M.T. REDUNDANT FOOTPLATEMEN

NOVEMBER 1968


NAME                         GRADE                        SENIORITY     MOVED TO        GRADE

WALLS G.G.                 DRIVER                       21.06.37         REDHILL MT     DRIVER

SLIGHT T.G.                DRIVER                        29.01.40         REDHILL MT     DRIVER

GREEN E.D.                DRIVER                        21.02.44         R’HILL EMUT    DRIVER

HODKINSON A.E.      DRIVER                       04.11.46         REDHILL MT     DRIVER

HOLLOWAY R.A.        DRIVER                       05.02.47         REDHILL MT     DRIVER

STEVENS F.                DRIVER                        08.03.48         R’HILL EMUT    DRIVER

ROOKE T.S.                 DRIVER                       01.03.49         COULSDON N   DRIVER

MILES P.G.                  DRIVER                       07.03.49         CHARING X       DRIVER

KING D.                       DRIVER                       12.06.50         REDHILL MT     DRIVER

ANSELL R.C.                DRIVER                       04.09.50         COULSDON N  DRIVER

RIDLEY R.D.                DRIVER                       30.10.50         REDHILL MT    DRIVER

HALLAM G.                 DRIVER                       10.12.51         T.W.W.                DRIVER

ROBERTS C.W.           DRIVER                       20.05.52          REDHILL MT     DRIVER

POCKINGTON L.G.     DRIVER                       17.11.52         REDHILL MT    DRIVER

CHAPMAN K.              DRIVER                       21.09.53         REDHILL MT    DRIVER

BALDOCK R.               DRIVER                       29.03.54         REDHILL MT    DRIVER

PATTENDEN C.E.       DRIVER                       08.04.54          REDHILL MT     DRIVER

BAPTISTE A.W.          DRIVER                       27.07.54          REDHILL MT    DRIVER

BROWN J.                   DRIVER                       12.09.55          T.W.W.                DRIVER

PRYOR B.D.                 DRVIER                       28.12.55         REDHILL MT   DRIVER

BENNET S.J.                DRIVER                       04.06.56         CATERHAM     DRIVER

VIGAR J.                      DRIVER                       18.06.56         T.W.W.               DRIVER

DIDCOCK G.               DRIVER                       01.10.56         W. CROYDON  DRIVER

BUTLER F.M.              DRIVER                       31.12.56         CATERHAM     DRIVER

McQUEEN I.A.             DRIVER                      22.07.57         W. CROYDON  DRIVER

BROWN B.F.                DRIVER                       10.08.59         SELHURST      DRIVER

CLARK R.T.                 DRIVER                       14.09.59         NORWOOD     DRIVER

MacKENZIE W.E.J.     DRIVER                       20.11.59         NORWOOD      DRIVER

STONER E.                  DRIVER                       25.07.60         W.CROYDON   DRIVER

MANVELL B.               FIREMAN                    02.01.61         REDHILL MT  FIREMAN

BREEDS I.C.                DRIVER                        06.02.61         T.W.W.             DRIVER

MUSSELWHITE P.      DRIVER                         04.10.61         T.W.W.            DRIVER

MAYNARD J.G.           DRIVER                       05.03.62        W. CROYDON  DRIVER

THAYRE P.                   FIREMAN                    07.01.63         REDHILL MT  FIREMAN

HALL P.C.                     DRIVER                       21.01.63         DOVER            DRIVER

BOUSTON J.M.             FIREMAN                    23.01.63         REDHILL MT  FIREMAN

GOYMER D.C.             FIREMAN                    29.04.63         FRATTON         FIREMAN

PATON W.                     FIREMAN                    26.05.66          REDHILL MT   FIREMAN

MAHONY J.P.               PSD F.M.                      29.08.66          ADDISCOMBE  DRIVER *

JONES W.                      FIREMAN                    31.10.66         ADDISCOMBE  DRIVER*

DARRAGH J.                FIREMAN                    30.01.67         B’TON MT        FIREMAN

HIGGINSON D.J.          FIREMAN                    21.08.67         REDHILL MT   FIREMAN

BALDOCK B.A.            FIREMAN                    27.11.67         REDHILL MT   FIREMAN

 

* PROMOTION MOVE TO DRIVER


DRIVERS LUCKHURST P., SAYERS J. & DEBENHAM J. 

TRANSFER TO BRIGHTON M.T. BUT ARE NOT RECORDED ON THIS LIST.

Railway accident on British Railways

Southern Region 


Central Division



Norwood Junction 31st December 1968 
Involving Coulsdon North Driver R.W. Luckhurst & 

Coulsdon North Leading Driver C.H. Kingsnorth 
SEE SUB PAGE

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