2015

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

BATTERSEA BRANCH

JANUARY 2015


PIECE OF CAKE


Trevor Finch picked up his 50 year medallion from the General Secretary at a Battersea branch meeting at the Bag oNails on Buckingham Palace Road. The branch would also like to thank National Organiser Simon Weller, District Organiser Graham Morris, Executive Committee Marz Colombini, and our Company Council, including Roy Luxford who’s recovering from a long bout of sickness, for attending. 

There were also long service awards to Joe Attard and Jim Lambert (40); Danny Nash (25); Terry Sanders and Richard Hills (10).  

Pas Luongo 

Branch Secretary

 SIMON BARNES COLLECTION

ALAN HARDY

Brighton Branch Secretary 2015-16

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

BATTERSEA BRANCH

MARCH 2015


RON COOPER

FINAL DEPARTURE


Retired driver Roy Cooper died on 12th December aged 78. He was known on the railway as Ron because when started at Gillingham, there was already a Roy Cooper, so he opted for Ron.

He transferred to Feltham in 1953and did his national service in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1954 to 1956. While in the army he met Pat and they were married in 1958.

When Feltham closed he went to Stewarts Lane, Battersea, and then Victoria. Ron was a staff rep in 1981 - 1982 when the Gatwick Express was starting up. He took early retirement in 2002 under ill health.

  

Ken Heydon 

Battersea

Railway accidents on 



Southern 


Brighton L.W.S 15th April 2015 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

APRIL 2015


WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRACY ?


It was refreshing to read the article by Kelvin Hopkins (Journal, March) supporting withdrawal from the EU. Kelvins article is one of the most accurate and well written pieces I have read about the EU, not just in the Journal but anywhere, and it gives a stronger message coming from a Labour Party, as Kelvin pointed out, were historically against our EU membership. It is, therefore, ironic that Labour is now the only major party in England refusing to offer us a referendum on our EU membership. What kind of democracy is that - the European Union version?  

Ken Hall

Horsham 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

APRIL 2015


PETER STREET 

A BIG MAN


Peter Street 1953 - 2014 had worked on the railway since 1975.

He started at Streatham Hill as a guard and moved and moved to West Croydon in 1982 until it closed. He then moved to Selhurst where, in 1988 he qualified as a driver. Peter passed away in December last year after a long battle with cancer. A man who, as his colleagues would often say, could moan for England; but he had a heart of gold and will be missed by us all.

John Ward 

Selhurst

Presentations made at the Brighton A.S.L.E.F. Reunion


5th May 2015

    GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & IAN BREEDS

RECEIVING HIS 50 YEAR MEDALLION

   GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & RALPH STOBBART

RECEIVING HIS 50 YEAR MEDALION

 GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & JIM CAMERON

RECEIVING HIS 50 YEAR MEDALLION

 GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & EDDIE FORDHAM

RECEIVING HIS 50 YEAR MEDALLION

   GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & MATT COLE 

RECEIVING HIS 35 YEAR BADGE

 GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & CHRIS HORLOCK

RECEIVING HIS 30 YEAR BADGE

 GRAHAM PENN COLLECTION

SIMON WELLER & STEVE GANDEY 

RECEIVING HIS RETIREMENT CERTIFICATE


LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


MAY 2015


Medical checks

The untimely death of Bob Crow should ring alarm bells for members of all ages. Make sure you have regular medical checks, not just the cursory exams companies give. I recently had a prostate cancer check (clear) and a blood cholesterol check (sky high). Tablets have brought this down but how many of you are aware of your true state of health? Make an appointment with your GP before it’s too late.

Jeff Veale

Battersea

PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION

MIKE TRODD COLLECTION

Barnham Drivers left - right

Mike Trodd, Nigel Tippen, Bob Dorkings & Trevor Mundy

Nigel retired on the 15th July 2015 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


JULY 2015


South East: Slur on the E.C.


I must reply to the gross distortion of the facts as represented by Laurie Holden (Journal, 
May). I was the Executive Committee member for District 1 during the entire privatisation 
period. AAD laid down principles for the EC to enforce by recommending, or not, the various restructuring deals presented to them by Company Councils.

It is a slur on the eight members of the EC at that time to suggest we’d done an underhand 
deal with Connex South Eastern when, at the same time, we were conducting an industrial 
dispute with their sister company Connex South Central. It is no good quoting the votes in 
favour if you do not state the votes against. And if you cannot be bothered to vote you cannot complain about the result. It would appear that Laurie is endorsing the Tories’ policy on trade union ballots, i.e. there must be a 51% majority.

He refers to the R.M.T. branch at Slade's Green but does not tell us if it still exists. I hesitate 
to remind him that because of the shameful number of scabs during the 1982 dispute on South Eastern a scab’s union was formed only to vanish soon after.


Bill Mackenzie, 

former EC president and member for District 1 

(Retired Brighton Branch Member)

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

SEPEMBER 2015


A bloody expensive diary

I cannot tell you exactly how many times I’ve heard the expression, ‘that’s a bloody expensive diary’ when the union dues rise along with our pay. What I can tell you is that the cost pales into insignificance when ASLEF’s dedicated union reps help you out of a corner that is not entirely of your own making. With that in mind, I would like to thank my local LDC (Battersea) and Southern company council for the support they have shown me over the last 14 months. In particular, Graham Hoy, LDC, and Kevin Eade and Dave Maclennan, company council, must have got fed up with me emailing, ringing and constantly asking for advice, while preparing my case, but they never wavered in their dedication in helping me to a just conclusion. So, brothers and sisters, that little diary is well worth its cost when the subs that purchase it help you keep your job!

Steve Foy

Battersea branch


Three Bridges Thameslink Depot opens


TONY FARMER COLLECTION

15th September 2015
Three Bridges Thameslink Depot


LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

OCTOBER 2015


Off the rails or off his head

Since Off the Rails (Journal, August) focused on the royal family, I want to point out a few 
facts regarding our Queen and the cheap comment made by Tosh McDonald (‘Good pay rise 
for the Queen, who does nowt.’) The cost of the monarchy to thtaxpayer rose by nearly 6% 
last year – more than double the rate of inflation – but 56p per head of population is fantastic 
value for money and it’s only republicans who cannot see this. As for Her Majesty doing 
‘nowt’ she is now the longest reigning monarch in our history and one would like to think that at 89 she would take things easy. But she has increased her workload and left most of the younger royals trailing, especially the Duchess of Cambridge.


Paul Overington

Brighton

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

NOVEMBER 2015

THREE BRIDGES




General Secretary Mick Whelan presented Roy Luxford, Southern Company Council, with honorary membership of A.S.L.E.F. – one of a very select band – at the Executive Committee meeting on 22 September. Mick praised Roy’s ‘outstanding’ work for this union while Roy talked dryly of 'having been around so long, in the same place, with so many companies coming and going, I am now their corporate memory of this industry.’ 

Right Mick Whelan and Roy Luxford 



 März Colombini E.C. District No.1, Mick Whelan General Secretary, Roy Luxford and 

Mark Letley & Dave Mansfield (Three Bridges L.D.C.) 

Brighton Driver Grant Burgoyne 

With a Class 700 at Three Bridges Thameslink Depot 20th November 2015  


 DAVE SWAFFIELD COLLECTION

Dave Devenport (Branch Chairman), Paul Horan, Paul Overington & Alan Hardy (Branch 

Secretary)

At the T.U.C. to lobby against Government’s Trade Union Bill on Monday 2nd November, 

2015, at Westminster Central Hall, London

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

DECEMBER 2015


JAMES LONGLEY

AN ENTERTAINER


James Longley passed away peacefully on 1 October at the age of 86. Jim served on the railway for more than 40 years, starting on steam engines. His final working years were spent at Caterham, and he was a lifelong member of ASLEF. He was an entertainer, and family man, who loved to sing and see people laugh. He will be greatly missed by Eve, his family and friends. R.I.P. Jim.

Ken Heydon

Battersea


BARNHAM A.G.M. 

13th DECEMBER 2015


A.S.L.E.&  F. GENERAL SECRETARY MICK WHELAN
IN ATTENDANCE


PHOTOS BARNHAM BRANCH/MIKE TRODD

Paul Edwards Collection

The front of the Class 700 Siemen’s Thameslink units, 2015

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