IGNITING THE FLAME OF UNITY

THE HISTORY OF THE

 BRIGHTON BRANCH OF A.S.L.E.F.

  

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Driver Fred (Rab) Gambling  & Fireman Harry Mitchell

 

 

 

 BULLIED’S LEADER CLASS



The engine had to be worked bunker first to make the driving cab usable, the fireman’s cab was described as horrendous, with temperatures in excess of 140’f in the fireman's position. It also had a door and window on one side only. A.S.L.E.F. would only allow trials with volunteers if it derailed onto the wrong side the fireman would be trapped, as the corridor run alongside the firebox and boiler! 

Banned by ASLEF, but N.U.R. footplate men worked on it during the test period from Eastleigh men, Driver A. Smith and Fireman Sam Talbolt and Les Grant, worked on Test Trips when being tested at Eastleigh Works. Niether of these engimemen have much good today about them except that it was usually that it was usually a fairly easy day as you never often got very far. 

ASLE&F men would not work on them, they were much hotter than a Bullied, but it was the safety aspect of only one exit from the firing compartment and the fireman being in there on his own that was contentious. 

In 1960, I think, they had to put two stokers on the 'Packets' and W.Cs in the summer cos' of the heat.


If the Leader Class had been an Oil firing locomotive, with a water jacket firebox and Piston Valves it may just have worked. The ‘ urn Burner’ that Bullied later built in Ireland was closer to the mark. 


Comments by enginemen Bob Cartwright & Glenn Hiscock

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 The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Programe

Celebrating sixty-seven years of ASLEF

 

 


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