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Bournemouth H&S have advised that with immediate effect the raised walkway in Poole sidings is not to be used due to potentially unsafe walking conditions.

Weather damage and contamination to the non-slip walking boards has created trip and slip hazards, plus there is a need to re-apply the yellow safety markings each side of the walkway which have become hard to see in daylight. Due to frequent lighting outages, the markings become invisible during the hours of darkness.

The sidings remain open, but only where the driver works the same train out that they work in.

As of the 6th of February 2020, and after minor remedial work, Poole sidings raised walkway has been passed fit for use as a walking route when berthing class 444/450 units (5/4 car formations ONLY and exiting via the LONDON end cab door) when NOT going beyond the 5 car mark and wholly accommodated on the waikway DURING THE HOURS OF DAYLIGHT ONLY as the lighting continues to be inadequate and not fit for purpose, also the country end of the walkway is in need of repair and is not fit for use.

ANY OTHER FORMATION requiring to be berthed in the sidings MUST HAVE A COMPETENT PERSON in the London end cab to ensure that the rear of the train is within 15 metres of the London end walkway steps. If a competent person is not provided then berthing should not be carried out. In ALL cases train crew must alight via the London end cab door after walking through the train.


These conditions will be reviewed in 7 days to ascertain whether the remedial work required has been carried out.

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Lee Ripley photo

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Waterloo Driver Lee Ripley.

The service will be held on :
Thursday the 20th of February 2020 at 12.00,
Thamesview Crematorium,
Gravesend Road,

Refreshments follow at :
Redlibbets Golf Club,
Manor Lane,

Our thoughts are with Lee's family at this tragic time.

So transport can be arranged, if you plan to attend please let the Waterloo Drivers LDC know by emailing

A notice has been issued regarding unsafe conditions on the raised walkway between the Reception and Shunting Neck that we know as Poole Sidings.

The notice was issued by Weymouth Health and Saftey on the 4th of February 2020.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Strawberry Hill driver Mark Hutchins.
Many of us knew Mark by the nickname Butch.

The service will be held at Hanworth crematorium on the 28th January 2020, at 14:00 hours.

With deep regret we report the passing of retired Waterloo driver and ASLEF representative Len Holloway.

The service is to be held at the Grove Park Cemetery on Friday 17th January at 11:00.

After the service, refreshments will be served at the Railway Telegraph Pub, 112 Stansted Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 1BS.

The January 2020 driver vacancy list (posted on the 1st of January) is now available to download.

Notes :
  1. Applications must be received by the 15th of January.
  2. Successful applicants list to be posted in members area on or after the 29th of January.
  3. Move take place on the 10th of February

On Sunday the 5th of January, the following drivers will move into the link aat the line shown below :-

Link 1
J. FINDLAY vice VAC line 15

Link 2
J. STEPHENSON vice VAC line 18
A. LANGLEY vice J. FINDLAY line 20

Link 3
L. PEART vice J. STEPHENSON line 16
M. ILSAM vice VAC line 11

Link 4
M. BELL vice L. PEART line 18
K. MIAH vice M. ILSAM line 01
S. DAVEY vice VAC line 21
S. PURCELL vice VAC line 5
J. BRIGGS vice VAC line 28

The master roster for WEF 15.12.2019 (version2) is now available at the bottom of the rosters page. FTA duties are highlighted in red. *FDs are now shown.

The long awaited refurbishment of the quiet room is now complete and has been signed off by Health and Safety. You are reminded that eating or drinking in the room is prohibited. If you wish to eat or drink, please use the main messroom.

The October 2019 driver vacancy list (posted on the 6th of November) is now available to download.

Notes :
  1. Applications must be received by the 20th of November.
  2. Successful applicants list to be posted in members area on or after the 4th of December.

SWR have issued a supplement to our schedule card abbreviations and you can download them here.

To clarify : The above is a full list of codes that TPU use within timings at station stops (13U02 for example). It doesn't alter the work codes like DWRP which are still available here .

The August 2019 driver vacancy list (posted on the 8th of September) is now available to download.

Notes :
  1. Applications must be received by the 18th of September.
  2. Successful applicants list to be posted in members area on or after the 2nd of October.
Apologies for the late posting of this Footplate Vacancy list.

Update 16/09/2019: Mark has sent us Link 3 and Link 5 (night gang).
Still waiting for Tony (Link 1), Terry (Link 2) and Dave (Link 4 / 6) to send their updates.


Over the past few days, there have been several enquiries regarding the September PA, and why the LDC individual version of the links that show starred FDs are not up on the website. Simple answer is, the LDC haven't sent them yet.

The last rosters sent by the LDC (May 2019) are still showing just for starred freedays patterns. The Master (management) roster below it shows the current work. I don't know when or even if the LDC plan to send an update? Only they know the answer to that one. Rest assured that if they do send us the rosters in a style we are accustomed to, I will add them to the site.

Link 1
T. EDWARDS vice VAC line 29

Link 2
J. RAWLINSON vice T. EDWARDS line 43

Link 3
E. CORBETT vice J. RAWLINSON line 02
C. MPAMUGO vice VAC line 28

Link 4
R. MBAH vice E. CORBETT line 15
H. DUBAD vice C. MPAMUGO line 04
M. STEWART vice VAC line 01