ASLEF Journal - December 2023

They said there'll be snow at Chrismtas
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  • ASLEF in action with a new rolling programme of one-day strikes and overtime bans
  • Vlad the Impaler skewers Gillian Keegan; Paul Routledge raises a glass in the Baltic Fleet
  • Off the Rails: Rachael Maskell, David ‘Rommel’ Montgomery; Kay Burley asks Where’s Harper? on Sky; and the Scabs West News Service
  • Mark ‘Santa’ Rimell’s Prize Christmas Quiz
  • Nigel Roebuck calls on the TUC to put on hold the merger of two TUC regions in the north-east
  • Amy Nicholson of Derby branch reports from the PCS union’s disabled workers’ conference



  • Gissa job! A stage version of Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff rocks the Royal Court
  • Howard Kaye, King’s Cross branch, reflects on a life on the railway (and in the EC room)
  • Postcard from Switzerland: Jim Ring explores the challenge of building – and running – the Rhätische Bahn mountain railway in the Alps
  • Steamboats, viaducts, and railways: Bernard Richards examines William Wordsworth’s ambiguous relationship with the iron road



  • Branch Lines and Upcoming Events 
  • Obituaries
  • Letters
  • Mick Rix pays a personal and professional tribute to his old chumrade Ray Jackson
  • On Track: The first Christmas (and that footie match) in the trenches; Prize Crossword; Legal Services; and your Change of Address form


Cover picture by Inga Bystram