1993



STREATHAM HILL E.M.U.T.

DEPOT CLOSED 1993


In 1993 saw the closure of Streatham Hill E.M.U.T. 

depot after 57 yeas of existence. 

A.S.L.E.& F. members were part of the Battersea Branch 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

LITTLEHAMPTON

JANUARY 1993

Littlehampton Branch 1982 - 1992 tenth anniversary strike badges have been ordered and by the time this letter appears you should be receiving same.

it was necessary to collect money before going ahead as some £700 was needed. You will appreciate that this is difficult to find from your own pocket.

This was not a Branch funded venture but a personal one; we do not have those kind of funds in our Branch.

If anyone else would like a badge I will still take orders but it will be necessary to clear 250 to be able to get them as cheap. They cost £3 each.

May I wish all our readers a Merry Xmas and the best wishes for 1993. We have some hard times ahead. Let’s fight them together, not divided.

Bob Dorkings

Littlehampton Branch


ASLEF LEARNING SCHOOL 1993


LEFT ~ RIGHT: Back Row T.BatyB.DeyDavid BaconI.MorganD.HinsonG.OwenP.WoodhouseDave OconnellD.LittleA.MarriottGeneral Secreary Derrick FullickG.JohnstonJ.EarwickerC.NelsonAlan BeechingFred Orton JonesM.EdenA.PopeB.CollingsPaul Horan (Seaford )Dominic Morrow (L. Bdg.)M.HemmingsS.HughesRobert MundyT.GoddenD.Lawson


Eastbourne Driver Cyril Ring c1993

Southern Region Section Council Staff Side 1993

L~R Tony Allen (S'ford) Arthur (G'ford), Bill Eames (L. Bridge) Tommy Taylor (Slade Green), Jim Rowe (Basingstoke) & Ron Lifford (Vic 'E')

 

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SPECIAL OPENING BRANCH MEETING

A.S.L.E.F. BRIGHTON BRANCH

HELD ON APRIL 13th 1993


District Secretary Len Warboys called the meeting to order, in doing so explained to all the reason why Brighton had not had a formal branch, he accepted our outstanding grievance on the issue of election procedures. He called upon the members to 
form a branch, this, the members agreed with the following rider.

“That this branch, whilst forming a branch, do so, but still rejects the E.C. ruling on the 
disfranchisement of branches in elections, and further calls upon the E.C. to remove all such restrictions.”

District Council Report
Bro. L. Warboys explained the union and where we all stand and called for 100% backing on 16th February. He continued saying, that privatisation was never thought to be a threat, also pension would be affected and everybody would suffer under the proposed Privatisation Plan, ghost franchises would be set up and run independent to any other set ups, staff would have 
no P.T. & R.A. outside their own franchise, and have dedicate links, we must all fight for just rights.
The secretary asked for the District Secretary to present to Bro. Mackenzie a small token of our support in his election success as E.C. and resigned as Branch Chairman, Secretary called for a vote of thanks.

Above Brighton A.S.L.E.F. Branch member Bill MacKenzie (right) former E.C. President 
and E.C. member for District No.1, with Jim Rowe (left) A.S.L.E.& F. Southern Region Sectional Council "B" (Basingstoke Branch). 

Bill served on Brighton M.T. L.D.C. from 1971~1993 before being elected straight onto the Executive Committee of A.S.L.E.& F. for District No.1 and later elected by his fellow E.C. members to the position of E.C. President.

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

MAY 1993

BRIGHTON


Brighton Branch held its first meeting this year in April at the request of our District Secretary Len Warboys.
Len had asked for the meeting to explain the actions of the E.C. Our Branch along with many others felt so incensed by the decisions of the E.C. to disenfranchise some branches from a vote in the Functional Council election that at our A.G.M. in December a motion was passed not to elect any Branch Officers and not to hold any Branch meetings.
Through various channels of debate, the members of Brighton agreed to the April meeting. The District Secretary opened the meeting by calling for members to withdraw the motion.
In doing so, members still regarded the action of the E.C. as totally unacceptable and called on all delegates to the A.A.D. to reject any change to the election of Functional Council members.
After electing the Branch Officers, the Chairman Bro. W. MacKenzie called for business and, after reading the outstanding correspondence, requested that Standing Orders be suspended so that our District Secretary and our guest speaker could address the membership.
Len spoke of our role in the present situation on the plans to privatise the industry and prospects for our jobs under the (new) proposed franchised of these separate companies’ P.T.&R. Pensions were also addressed.
We took the unusual step of allowing the R.M.T. representative G. Hewitt the chance to address the meeting. He explained the R.M.T.’s position and why they have taken action
Finally, as Branch Secretary I called upon the District Secretary to make a presentation. Bro. (Bill) MacKenzie, as members know, as been elected as the E.C. member for our District and we wished to say that we wished him well in his new post.
Bill has been a very active Branch Officer and L.D.C. rep over many years. His presence locally will be missed by all (not least, by management).
Bill thanked members for their support both in the election and over the many years at Brighton and assured us that he will fight for the members of A.S.L.E.F. and see that justice is done and the rights of members maintained.

C. Newton 
Brighton Branch Secretary

SOUTH CENTRAL


Capital Connect Express 


14th June 1993 - January 1997

Made up of 4 dedicated 8 car DIG units (4 BIG + 4 CIG) 
which were permanently coupled

Replaced in 1997 by the Connex Express 

Using 7 dedicated 319/2s 


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BRIGHTON BRANCH MEETING

HELD ON JUNE 8th 1993


Chairman then called for standing orders to be suspended so that the E.C. member could speak to the branch.
Following the special meeting held at the Littlehampton 
Branch, Bro. Mackenzie agreed to explain the current position on matters of privatisation, and the set up of the ghost franchise.
The 1.5% Pay Award explained
The proposed new rate of pay for Driver Instructor’s £2,000.00, it would go on the basic and would be 12,792.00
Proposed new drug testing arrangements, manning of ballast trains. Expected job losses and the effects on the pension funds and the effects of the government’s plans to seek control of the pensions.

A.O.B.
Request by members that the L.D.C. look into the A/Rs within the links, and also alterations to some rest days particularly on nights turns.
Rumours of a new super depot at Barnham, at the moment management have no firm plans, but members were assured that this branch would seek firm assurances with regards to the diagrams of Brighton.  

Brighton Driver Phil Briggs  

on a "Bicycle Belle" at Brighton 1993

Driver's Instructors Course on 1st August 1993



Left to Right 
Ted Dent (Three Bridges), Tom Appleby (Norwood), Jim Cameron (W. Worthing),
Ron "The Vicar" Taylor (Vic "C") Chopper Harris (C.T.C.), Steve Sylvester (Bognor Regis), Ray Williams (Littlehampton), Andy McGilvey (Selhurst), Ian Chivers (Bognor Regis) & Charlie Saunders (Selhurst)

CLARE DE MARINIS COLLECTION

TRAIN(WO)MAN "D" CLARE DE MARININS

CLARE ENTERED THE FOOTPLATE GRADE AS A TRAIN(WO)MAN "D" AT BRIGHTON ON THE 16th AUGUST 1993 AND BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TRAINMAN "D" AT BRIGHTON MIXED TRACTION. 

IN c1995 CLARE GAINNED HER PROMOTION TO DRIVER AT BRIGHTON AND BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN DRIVER AT BRIGHTON. DUE TO ILL HEALTH ISSUES CLARE WAS FORCE TO LEAVE THE RAILWAY c2002 

 Brighton driver Ron Terrill and his trainman Jeff Edisbury 

at Eastbourne with the 'Sussex Belle' on the  11th September 1993

GATWICK EXPRESS

10 October 1993 - Gatwick Express becomes first shadow rail franchise ready for privatisation.

TOBY STARR COLLECTION

Victoria Driver Toby Starr

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BRIGHTON BRANCH MEETING 

OCTOBER 21st 1993 

Owing to the large number of members attending and the limited space, only the number is 

being recorded, 37 members. 


E.C. Member W. Mackenzie
Our E.C. member was welcomed to our branch and gave a very detail account of our present position. 
Reported – the plans of how each business is in relation to depots (who does what). 
A.A.D. Decision for a ban on Rest Days 
Sunday Working Rostered Duties 
Privatisation – Pension Right/Funds 
D.F.C. Member A. Allen
Again we welcomed our D.F.C. member to our branch and thank him for coming. Tony spoke on many issues 
Driver Instructions how the agreement to pay the rate was reached and if the problems surrounding it, the roll these members 
are playing 
T.U.P.E. was mentioned and on how we would be unprotected if allowed to go. 
An indepth report on the Air/Rail Gatwick Service set up. 
Possible Franchise of Thameslink and on the members of drivers required 
Current vacancy list situation 
D.F.C. function, and roll with Depot rosters, and link formation, and that of L.D.C. 
A.O.B.
Junior Drivers in Link (4) were concerned about their position with regards to earnings, type of work, and time expected to be 
in Link (4). 
The L.D.C. explained how and why they had to do what they had, and the restriction the Train Crew Agreement had placed 
upon them. 
E.C. Member Bill Mackenzie, explained the 1988 Train Crew Agreement and on the points raised by Link (4) members then 
referred to the to the agreement for a detailed answer. 
D.F.C. Member Tony Allen spoke, Tony was very concerned about the reports of a letter sent to the Depot Manager Brighton, 
regarding the roll L.D.C.’s had in forming Links etc. Tony explained very clearly D.F.C.’s, function and that of L.D.C.’s, and that the L.D.C. had clearly complied with every part of the agreement, and that it was unfortunately that some members seemed to be restricted. 
The issue was then opened to all members for debate, and senior members felt that position was fair and just and had full confidence in the way the L.D.C. had carried out it’s roll. 
The following resolution was then put to the members. 

“That this branch has full confidence and support in the L.D.C. Committee at Brighton.” 

Proposed B. Hall & Seconded P. Staniford. 

Voted unam 

CROYDON TRAINING CENTRE

On 30th November 1993, Lew Adams ASLEF General Secretary, officially opens the Network South Central Croydon Training Centre 


TIM WOOD COLLECTION

 Driver Trainers based at Croydon Training Centre

Back row Chopper Harris (ex R'hil), Ian Simmons (ex R'hill) Chris Haynes (ex R'hill), 

& Tony Harper (ex Ebne)

Front row Christine (admin), Pete Wensley (?), Johnny Rutter (ex N'wood)

THE TIMES COLLECTION

Johnny Saunders 

re-learning steam on a Bullied's Merchant Navy "Port Line” 

for the Christmas steam specials on the Water Cress Line, 

Autumn 1993.

Bognor driver Alec Price's Retirement


Left to Right Standing:- John Lillywhite (Bognor), Todd Slaughter(Littlehampton), Harry Brown (Bognor), Les (Coaster) Caswell (Bognor), Trevor Allen, Roy Spreadbury (Littlehampton), Don Giles (Bognor), Alec Price (Bognor), Vic Lambert (Bognor), Dickey Dye (Bognor), Ron Cann (Bognor), Fred Janaway (Littlehampton), John Tarrant (Bognor), Russell Dare (Bognor), Graham Kingshott (Bognor), Barry Atkinson (Bognor), John Flowers (Bognor), Bob Morgan (Littlehampton), Ron Cheeseman (Bognor), Alan Arnold (Bognor) & Paul White (Bognor Guard).

Front row: - Tony Watts (Bognor), Eddie "Sooty" Fordham (West Worthing), Bart- Jones (Bognor), Nick Bullimore (Bognor), , Ernie Whitfield (Bognor).

 Brighton Driver Laurie Osman (Left) & Bedford Driver Geoff Lovell 


This photo was taken on Laurie's last driving turn at Bedford whilst awaiting to work his 

return trip back to Brighton. Laurie enter the footplate grades on 4th November 1948 at 

Brighton. Laurie transfered to Addiscombe and then later moving back to Brighton E.M.U.T. 

Laurie spent many years on the Brighton E.M.U.T. L.D.C.

Railway accidents on British Railways

Southern Region 


Central Division



Tattenham Corner 1st December 1993

On the 1st December 1993, the 06.16 from Victoria to Tattenham 
Corner failed to brake in time to stop  in the platform and overran the 
buffer stops. The leading vehicle ended up mounting the concourse 
and becoming embedded in the wooden booking office. The driver 
and a member of the platform staff were taken to hospitalised and no 
passengers were injured. The driver was later found to be intoxicated 
whilst on duty and was later jailed for nine months.


Brighton Driver Chic Debenham 

1993 Christmas Steams Specials

Driving a Bulleid West Country 34027 "TAW VALLEY”

Chic’s Fireman was Brighton Driver Mick Hawkins

29th December 1993

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


DECEMBER 1993


BRIGHTON


Our Branch meeting in October saw a larger than usual turnout. Our Chairman opened the meeting and dealt with the agenda as agreed. He then suspended the normal Branch business to allow our two representatives to address the meeting.
Our District No.1 E.C. member Bro. Bill MacKenzie was our first speaker. Bill’s address reflected on the issues of rest day working ban, rostered Sundays, depots’ futures under the Business Centres and the issue of drink and drugs.
Our next speaker was the D.F.C. member Bro. Tony Allen who addresses the meeting about issues on our patch. Driver Instructor grade, operation of Sandite units, depot closures and vacancies
Now the reason for the large turnout. Some members of the depot who were in the Starter Link felt that the L.D.C. were acting unfairly  when they allocated work and earnings in their link and had approached the Train Crew Manager to ask the D.F.C. could become involved with the L.D.C. in the way they formed rosters.
Bro. Hawkins of the L.D.C. took great exception to the question. He clearly pointed out to all the members Appendix F of the Traincrew Agreement, to which they had to work, and the fat that they had more than sought to address the earnings of all 
links.
Tony Allen of the D.F.C. said that they were upset that members thought of them becoming involved. This task was clearly one 
addressed by L.D.C.s
Bill MacKenzie also reiterated the position in the agreement, how L.D.C.s applied the agreement,  and concluded that the L.D.C. had carried out their duties with all due fairness. Members should realise that, with the link promotions becoming stagnant, members would be links longer than expected and that this was a natural occurrence caused by the reduction in 
staff.
A resolution was put forward saying that members had full confidence in, and support, their L.D.C. and Branch Officers. A vote was taken and passed unanimously.
The platform urged members to realise that we have wider and more important matter to address with the Government’s Bill on railways.

C. Newton 

Brighton Branch Secretary


Brighton Driver Mick Hawkins 

1993 Christmas Steams Specials

Firing a Bulleid West Country 34027 "TAW VALLEY”

Mick’s Driver was Brighton Driver Chic Debenham

29th December 1993

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