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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.
Article first added on : Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:32:06 +0000
....... Final update on : Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:44:38 +0000

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.
Article first added on : Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:02:58 +0000
....... Final update on : Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:02:58 +0000

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.
Article first added on : Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:56:17 +0000
....... Final update on : Wed, 05 Feb 2020 01:05:25 +0000

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

Article first added on : Wed, 05 Feb 2020 03:13:55 +0000
....... Final update on : Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:20:42 +0000

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.
Article first added on : Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:29:54 +0000
....... Final update on : Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:28:44 +0000

For those that don't know, the normal method of applying for Ad-Hoc leave is suspended for specified days over the Christmas and New Year period and replaced by a draw.

Anyone that wishes Ad-Hoc for the following dates ...
... Must submit an Ad-Hoc leave draw form to Waterloo LDC no later than the 1st of May 2020.

The draw will be carried out WC 04.05.2020 by the Waterloo LDC.

All applicants for each day will have their names put into a container, then drawn randomly one by one. The first person drawn for a particular day will be given number 1, second person 2 etc... until all applicants have been drawn. The full list will then be given to CRO. Those within the depot quota will get leave. If the CRO can grant leave over the depot quota, this will be done in strict draw order. Anyone applying for ad-hoc after the draw deadline will be added to the bottom of the list in the order received.

The result of the draw will be posted in the members area. If you want to apply, go see the LDC and get a form. The LDC are currently located in the office usually used by the Head of Drivers.

You can download the draw form to print off here as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.

If you prefer, you can download as a MS word DOC file.
Article first added on : Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:09:17 +0000
....... Final update on : Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:50:45 +0100

The September 2020 footplate vacancy list (posted on the 2nd of September is now available to download

Notes :
  1. Applications must be received by the 16th of September.
  2. Successful applicants list will be produced on the 7th of October
  3. Move date will be the 13th of December.
In line with the 2019-2022 pay award, FPV lists have reduced from six lists a year to four and will be produced on the first Wednesday of December, March June and September. Each list will close two weeks after the official posting date and the successful applicants list will be produced the first Wednesday of the following month. Move dates are no longer set in stone and each successful applicant may receive a different move date. Successful applicants will be given a transfer date of no less than one month following notification and a maximum of three months
Article first added on : Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:28:01 +0100
....... Final update on : Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:29:24 +0100

Members are advised that nominations for the South Western Railway Company Council representatives are now being sought for a three-year term of office commencing on 1 January 2021.

Nominee elections must be conducted at branch level. Each branch must submit a form to head office containing their successful candidates by 23.59 hrs on Tuesday 3 November 2020.
Article first added on : Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:25:12 +0100
....... Final update on : Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:25:12 +0100

Ian Turner

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of retired Waterloo Driver Ian Turner.

The funeral will take place at :
14:15 on Monday 26th October at the Croydon Crematorium.

Ian's son Chris is trying to contact some of Ian's old railway colleagues but unfortunately, he does not have the numbers of some, and he is not sure who is still around.

If any member knows of any retired engineman / motorman / driver who you think might wish to attend, would you please inform the Branch Secretary who will pass the information on.

With funeral restrictions in place due do the Covid 19 pandemic, only those invited by Ian's family will be allowed to pay their respects in person.

Article first added on : Wed, 07 Oct 2020 17:17:25 +0100
....... Final update on : Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:25:38 +0100

Daniel Morrison photo

It is with deep regret and sadness we announce the passing of Waterloo Driver Daniel Morrison.

The funeral will mass will take place on :
27 October at St Mary’s RC Church, Croydon.

Following the funeral mass, Daniel will be buried at :
Croydon cemetery, Thornton Road at 2pm.

Due to the current government restrictions, the congregation will be limited to 30 mourners and the family will communicate on this individually.

The family is asking for donations to MIND, the mental health charity supporting better mental health services for all who need it. Daniels's father Tony has written an obituary, which you can read here. The page also has a link to a 'justgiving' page in memory of Daniel.

Article first added on : Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:58:43 +0100
....... Final update on : Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:58:43 +0100

As most of you will be aware, SWR plans to open a new mainline depot at Clapham Yard in December 2020 and is offering Waterloo and Wimbledon Park drivers' first bite of the cherry. The initial establishment figure will be 24, but the currect plan will see this rising to 40 through two later stages.

SWR have produced a poster with a lot of information : Click here to download the SWR poster

If Drivers Company Council (staff side) produce a newsletter on the subject, it will be added here later.

Note : The first window to apply is short and ends midnight on the 16th of November.
Article first added on : Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:48:48 +0000
....... Final update on : Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:48:48 +0000

Paul Fenn has been elected to Company Council for the term commencing 1st of January 2021. He replaces Nigel Cummins who has stood down after 21 years on Council. Paul has sent a letter to be circulated to the membership and is displayed below :

Dear Branch Secretaries,

Today it was confirmed that I have been elected to join the 2 incumbents on company council from 1st January 2021. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all branches for the privilege to represent our grade at council level. I look forward to joining Martin & Andy in the New Year, and working with your LDC's to achieve the best for our members.

Lastly, I would like to say a big thank you to Nigel Cummins for his service to Company Council and would like to wish him all the best for the future.

Please could you bring this email to the attention of your members

Yours Fraternally

Paul Fenn

Article first added on : Thu, 17 Dec 2020 10:45:12 +0000
....... Final update on : Thu, 17 Dec 2020 10:45:12 +0000


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Article first added on : Wed, 30 Dec 2020 11:52:08 +0000
....... Final update on : Wed, 30 Dec 2020 11:52:08 +0000