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WHICH EXPLAINS THE EVOLUTION OF THE FOOTPLATE GRADES AND THE HISTORY OF THEIR TRADE UNIONS AND THE STRUGGLES TO IMPROVE THEIR WORKING LIVES

 

 


 

THE PIONEERING ENGINEMEN OF BRIGHTON LOCO DEPT. 

 

 This page tries to record the history of the early pioneering Enginemen of Brighton locomotive depot, 

of the L.B.&S.C.R.


Some of this information is repeated on this website

This page tries to record the early pioneering Enginemen of Brighton locomotive depot, of the L.B.&S.C.R.

 

THE PLAINE FAMILY

The Plaine family had a railway connections in Brighton since the 1860s, whereby nearly every male member of the Plaine 

family worked  up until the retirement of Phil Plaine in 1989.

Arthur W. Plaine, footplate seniority was 23rd May, 1898, left the footplate and transferred to the C.M.E. Department 

according to the Southern Railway magazine in  Jan/Feb1942 (page 26).

Walter Plaine (William Plaine’s brotherentered the footplate grades at Brighton on the 29th April,1901.

William Charles Plaine (Walter Plaine’s brother) entered the footplate at Brighton on the 26th October, 1914. From 1937 - 

1941, William served has the A.S.L.E.F. Branch Secretary, for the Brighton No.1 Branch.  

In 1949 he transferred to the Motormans depot (Brighton/West Worthing) and appears in the A.S.L.E.F. Brighton No.2 

Branch subscription book in the March quarter of that year. There is no clear indication of which of the two Motormen’s 

depots he was at/or which depot/branch he was prior to his transferred. 

It is thought that he had transferred from the Brighton steam depot (A.S.L.E.F. Brighton No. 1 Branch). William remained a 

member of Brighton No.2 until his retirement in 1962. The last ASLEF contribution was made in the June quarter of 1962 and 

he therefore retired shortly after this date.

George E. Plaine, footplate seniority was 31st August, 1917 and transferred to as a Fireman at Brighton to a Fireman at 

New Cross along with a large number of fireman on Monday 2nd January, 1933, this would probably have been caused by the 

electrification of the Brighton main line. He later became a “Passed Man” at New Cross on the 25th September, 1940. 

Philip Plaine (Walter Plaine’s son) entered the fooplate grades at Brighton on the 11th October, 1943, transfers to Brighton 

Motormen’s depot in c1960 and retired in 1989.

TROCCO PLAINE

I am trying to find out which one of the two senior members of the Plaine family was given this 

nickname, because when he first started at Brighton as an engine cleaner, he was a regular engine cleaner on  Stoudley’s E-

tank No. 118 'Trocadero'. When his son  (either George or William or Walter ) started at Brighton has an engine cleaner, he 

too was known has ‘ Trocco’. By this time ‘ Trocco Senior’ was already a driver at Brighton.

* Information gathered from 

Neal Cowdrey, Jennifer Chapman (Phil Plane’s daughter) & Fred Rich’s book ‘Yesterday Once More

 

 


 

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