2022
RAY COOPER COLLECTION

Only 101 of these badges created by Ray Cooper and fellow ASLE&F badge collectors 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

JANUARY 2022

BATTERSEA BRANCH

Battersea branch held its annual beer & badges night on Monday 22 November. The General Secretary presented a number of long service badges to members, including Ian Brett (15 years); Steve Murrey (20); Paul Masters (25); Pasquale Luongo (30); and Keith Pier (40). A retirement presentation was made to John Colvill who retired on Monday 6 December after 32 years on the railway including five years as Victoria Central LSR. Special thanks to GS Mick Whelan who made the presentations and especially for making such a great effort to attend by rushing back from a meeting in Scotland, with his suitcase in tow, also to E.C. 1 Marz Colombini and Southern/Gatwick Express and Southeastern company councils.

Pas Luongo 

Battersea 019 Branch Secretary

NICK EDWARDS COLLECTION

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

JANUARY 2022

BATTERSEA BRANCH

Battersea branch held its annual beer & badges night on Monday 22 November. The General Secretary presented a number of long service badges to members, including Ian Brett (15 years); Steve Murrey (20); Paul Masters (25); Pasquale Luongo (30); and Keith Pier (40). A retirement presentation was made to John Colvill who retired on Monday 6 December after 32 years on the railway including five years as Victoria Central LSR. Special thanks to GS Mick Whelan who made the presentations and especially for making such a great effort to attend by rushing back from a meeting in Scotland, with his suitcase in tow, also to E.C. 1 Marz Colombini and Southern/Gatwick Express and Southeastern company councils.

Pas Luongo 

Battersea 019 branch secretary

ASHLEY BARTON COLLECTION

Graham Court retired on the 15th February 2022 after 48 years.

Graham is seen at Eastbourne after working the 21:00 Hastings to Eastbourne

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

APRIL 2022


It is with great sadness that we were informed of the passing of one of our retired Epsom drivers, Ron Thomas, aged 77, on Saturday 22 January. He was one of the longest serving drivers, if not the longest, in the history of Epsom depot.

Ron was born on 22 February 1944 at Abereynon in the Welsh valleys. He joined the railway around 1960 and started as an engine cleaner at a depot near his home. In 1962 he transferred to Old Oak Common and soon passed as a fireman. Much of that time he lived in the railway hostel and often spoke of the good times he had and the friendships he made there. Just after the end of steam, in the late ’60s, he transferred to Epsom to gain promotion to driver.

Ron was a dedicated railwayman with a strong sense of tradition and union values. There are not many who manage to achieve over 50 years as a member of ASLEF. I was privileged to present his 50 year medallion at his home with his beloved wife Pat present. Unfortunately, three years ago, Pat sadly passed away. Ron was a family man, and will be greatly missed by his daughters, Gail and Lynne, and his four grandchildren, as well as his sister Anne. Ron moved to Devizes a couple of years ago, to be near Gail. He made a number of new friends and was very happy in his new home.

Through his working life and into retirement Ron was always a good laugh to be around and well-liked by those who knew him. He had a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous smile that led to many family members, workmates and friends being on the receiving end of his teasing.

His funeral was attended by family, friends, and many former workmates from around the country. His love of horse racing, gardening, and holidays were all highlighted, all made more special when they involved his Pat and their family. It is almost wrong to call it a funeral as it was a celebration of his life. Many memories were shared, the common factor being his happy nature. There were lots of happy memories, along with the one time his workmates upset him – the story of the chair he brought to the depot for its staff to enjoy – possibly best left for those who remember the saga, and definitely for all those concerned in the chair's demise.

Ron, you may be gone, but your memory remains with all of us who had the joy of knowing you.


Dave MacLennan 

Epsom driver

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

7th May 2019



STEVE CHATFIELD COLLECTION

Tony Farmer, Trevor Parsons, Marz Colombini EC, Maurice Hunter, Mick Whelan GS, 
John Gale & Mike Burtenshaw

Tony Farmer receiving a presentation from the Brighton branch for his commitment to the Brighton, also his retirement certificate. 

Trevor Parsons, John Gale & Mike Burtenshaw receiving their retirement certificate. Maurice Hunter receiving his 50 year medallion


DAVE LACE COLLECTION
Brighton Thameslink driver Matt Cole on the stops at Brighton, having worked his last train today, Thursday 16th June 2022, 9S25 1200 St Pancras International to Brighton, ending a train driving career spanning 42 years.
EASTBOURNE BRANCH MEETING

RETIREMENT PRESENTATIONS

WEDNESDAY 29th JUNE

MARZ COLOMBINI COLLECTION-

Left - Right Richard Williams, Barry Andrews, Barry Stoltan, Paul Donnelly,
Marz Colombini (EC Member) & Mick Whelan (G.S.)
PAUL EDWARDS COLLECTION
The 40th anniversary badge of 1982 Flexible Rostering strike (4th - 18th July 1982).
This is one of a set of four badges that was designed by Mark Johnson.
The three other badges, includes the Remembrance Engine in Grey & Green liveries, 
and a black and chrome version 

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