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IGNITING THE FLAME OF UNITY WEBSITE


THIS WEBSITE COMBINES THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES 

THE BRIGHTON A.S.L.E.&F.,  THE BRIGHTON MOTIVE POWER DEPOTS 

& THE SUSSEX MOTIVE POWER WEBSITES


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

 

  

PETER GAMBLING COLLECTION

Driver Fred (Rab) Gambling  & Fireman Harry Mitchell

 

 

 

 BULLIED’S LEADER CLASS



 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN 


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.C.s 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 ‘ Turf 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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