ASLEF Journal - January 2024

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  • 'We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn, | Frae morning' sun till dine; | But seas between us braid hae roar'd | Sin auld lang syne': New Year and a new determination to win a pay rise for members
  • How real was that train in Murder on the Orient Express plus Off the Rails: Where's Wally? Mark Harper goes missing over ticket office closures; and David Cameron hits back at Boris Johnson
  • Jason Wyatt and James Browne at the Hazards conference plus answers to our Christmas Quiz
  • District 6 pays tribute to the British battalion of the international Brigades who fell at the crucial Battle of Jarama during the Spanish Civil War
  • Julie Clegg reports from the ITF's women transport workers' conference in Senegal



  • Nick Marland reveals how he reached out for help after a one under - and urges you to do the same
  • More striking pictures from picket lines around the country as ASLEF takes eight days of action
  • 'You can't start a fire without a spark': Gregor Gall listens to a Spotify playlist of protest songs from Ranters via Woody Guthrie to The Redskins
  • Sophie Richmond lifts the lid on the GPM (groww profit margin) on those burgers and baps we buy at outlets at Britain's railway stations



  • Branch Lines and Upcoming Events
  • Bill Dale reports on the RMS AGM
  • Letters
  • Henry Russell reviews The Plots (against Boris Johnson) a new fantasy by Nadine Dorries
  • Chris Proctor's flat is getting smaller because he won't throw away any of his many books
  • On Track: Rabbie Burns the Radical Exciseman and Auld Lang Syne; our Prize Crossword; Legal Services; and your Change of Address form