IGNITING THE FLAME OF UNITY

THE HISTORY OF THE

BRIGHTON BRANCH OF A.S.L.E.F.

 

 

BARNHAM DRIVER 

GARY COOMBS


PAST AWAY ON MONDAY 31st DECEMBER 2018 

aged 56


Gary's wake is now confirmed on 17th January to be at the Twr y Felin Hotel, Fford Caerfai, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6QT from 5pm after being set to rest at Narberth Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, at 3.15pm . If the hotel carpark is full there will be plenty of parking at the Oriel Parc car park back towards the roundabout, which is free at this time of year and is a 2 minute walk to the hotel. 
Donations in lieu of flowers are to be sent to family friend Mrs Sue Woolcock, Cedarwood, Crundale, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4DF. Gary had asked that the money raised be used to buy a memorial bench to sit overlooking Goodwick/Fishguard Harbour where he and Denzel spent many hours together looking over the sea. There will also be a donation box at the hotel. Thank you. 
Dress Code - there was no particular request from Gary regarding this (although he did suggest wetsuits with a twinkle in his eye) so please just be comfortable. However - at the crematorium there will be Gary's personal collection of football shirts from around the World that he had collected and been gifted over the years and of course some Man Utd ones too. Please feel free to wear one during the service to brighten up proceedings and give him a good laugh. This will be led by his team-mates and chefs from the Hotel. Fabulous idea guys thank you. 
Safe travels and thank you all from myself, Kerri and Steph for all of your support, love and messages during this very emotional time.





FROM COAL TO CALAIS 

by JIM ROWE

I'm very pleased to announce that my book is finally published!

All about my life on the railway from boy to man, with views expressed on asle&f matters.

Available from Amazon at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1499201664/ref=sr_1_1…

Via Kindle still to be finalised.

More expensive than I wanted but the price is determined by the size – over 340 pages with many photographs. 

If you buy it, I hope you like it.

From Coal To Calais.: My Life on the Railway from Boy to Man.
AMAZON.CO.UK


 

 

If you arrive early for the A.S.L.E.F. reunion, 

the railway club will be open from 13:00

 

 

   THE BRIGHTON RAILWAY CLUB NOW PROVIDES WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS, WHICH IS TO THE RIGHT OF THE OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS, SLIDES, NEGATIVES (35mm & 110), NEWSPAPPER/MAGAZINE CUTTINGS OR STORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO ADD TO THE WEB SITE.  PLEASE BRING THEM ALONG WITH YOU TO THE NEXT BRANCH REUNION ON TUESDAY 5th MAY 2015

 

 

 

 

This book has been written by ex Brighton driver, Tim Wood, and he recalls his days working in the footplate grades at Brighton, from the mid 1990s through until he left the railway in the mid 2000s.


 

 

THE LATE ERNNIE SKINNER

BRIGHTON LOCO MAN AND UNION MAN


I have recently been in contact with one of Ernie Skinner’s children, and they  are trying to find out more about their father’s working life as a loco-man at Bournemouth & Brighton. 


If anybody give help please could please get in contact with me via email or phone.


paul.edwards1962@sky.com

Mobile No. 07402478278

 



 I have been contact with Simon Jeffs who is looking for railway photos of his brother, Timothy Jeffs, a lifelong ASLEF member who started as a traction trainee at Redhill in 1974, moved on to Horsham EMUT between 1979-1994, and finished his career at Bournemouth in 2010 due to ill-health. Tim has sinced passed away. If anyone can help please can you let me know.

 

 

 

 I have been in contact with retired driver Alan Cook

(ex Nine Elms/Waterloo, Vic "E", Orpington & Tonbridge).
 
Alan is trying to find out more about his late uncle Alfie Moon whose was a Motorman at Littlehampton Depot.
Alfie Moon  was involved in incident that happened at the first crossing on the Bognor branch.
Shortly after this incident, Alfie Moon suffered a heart attack and passed away in c1957.
 
Alfie lived next door to his mate who was also a Motorman, by the name of Norris. 
 
If anyone has any photos of Alfie Moon at work


or as any info about him. We would be very grateful to find out more about him.

 

 

Does anybody know any of the Motormen pictured above? I am hoping that there may be a link to Brighton or any of the other Sussex depots.

The only info I have is below curtsey of Steve West (Farnham Branch).

The photo was taken in April 1949 at London Bridge (L.L.) whilst they were on their electric training.

Ron Fulker (middle row 3rd from left) who started at Basingstoke as a cleaner and then Fireman in 1938. He got his drivers job at Addiscombe in 1949 and then moved to Farnham in the late Fifties.

The Traction Inspector S. Bass (in the trilby hat) never worked on the steam. When the L.B.S.C Rly electrified with the overhead wires in 1911. In the early days of electrification a lot of the steam drivers did not want to become motormen owing to the difference in wages, so the railway opened the vacancies to the various traffic grades like Guards and Signalmen and they became Motormen.  

 

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