site is dedicated to the men and women who have worked at Eastleigh Works.
All contents of this site have been compiled in good faith and the author
apologises for any errors or incorrect information.
The site is really just a record of names of the people who worked at
This has been a very long process and if you know of any errors or
know of anyone else who has worked at Eastleigh Works, please
contact us with as many
details as possible (which can be shared publicly) and if you have any
photographs which we would be able to consider for inclusion, that would be a
great help (although we cannot guarantee we will use them - mainly due to space
If you are visiting this site, it is most likely that you worked or knew
someone who worked at Eastleigh Works and if you can help with any stories,
funny, sad or serious, or just a few thoughts of working life, please
us and I will try to add it to this site, but no promises given.
New! Employment Register
Our sincere thanks to Dave for the
incredible job he has done transcribing the 2570 names from an
employment register for Eastleigh Works dating from July 1874 - August
1930. He has spent many hours doing this job and also we offer
many thanks to Jenny for letting him do it!
To view these pages please click the
links below but please be patient as they may take a while to load as
there are 300 names per page, thanks!
New Page - Listing people who worked in
Works Study from the outset in August
Click the button below and click
on SLIDESHOW to view 454 images of Eastleigh works. This came from
the DVD which all members of staff were given, just before the works
closed with many thanks to Vince Walker for sending in a copy.
LAST UPDATED 19th February lots
of names added and more photos real soon and a few new pages too!
I would like to
share a very important email that I have received from
Mr Bruce Knights of Knights Rail Services who have done
an amazing job keeping the works open, to visit Knight
Rail Services website please click the link
(very soon to be updated). Since the receipt of
this email (23/10/10), Bruce has kindly said that he
will prepare a short update of the works and this will
be posted on the web site in the near future.
canít help being impressed by your website and the high
level of importance everybody attaches to the Works and
the time they spent there. However, it must be worth
stating somewhere on the site that the Works is still
open, employing staff ( and apprentices) and
overhauling locos, EMUs and coaching stock.
Obviously we canít fully recreate the glory days of the
20th century, not least because Alstom did
such a good job of selling off and otherwise destroying
so much vital infrastructure and equipment. However,
when I look at Chris Smithís pictures on page 8 of the
gallery showing the Erecting and Carriage Lift shops
empty, I do feel that its worth talking about the
present. To give an idea of what we do, Iíd point people
in the direction of Carl Watsonís excellent website www.carlswaton.com/trains/html which is stacked
full of pictures showing the Works doing exactly the
kind of jobs that former employees recall. In fact quite
a number of the current workforce are ex Alstom / WTL
all means look back with nostalgia at the past times.
But donít forget that by dint of a lot of hard work
Eastleigh is the only main Works open in the
South of England and is doing work that is much closer
to its original purpose than the last few years of its
life before 2006. At any one time we have up to 3 of the
SW mainline EMUs in for maintenance in the former
erecting shop, whilst the Freightliner work is now
carried out in the Lift Shop.
give a flavour of the type and level of work that is
undertaken on site, a few notable events from the past 7
Delivery of 3 x 08 shunters for full
Weekly changeover of 444 unit for C4 on
Delivery of 14 Freightliner container
wagons for general maintenance and
repair, and collection of 8 repaired
Delivery of 4 x 66s for maintenance and
Delivery of 20 coil carrier wagons for
assessment, repair of 6 and the rest
Upgrading and overhaul of 2 x Mk 1
translator vehicles to provide self
power and B4 bogies
Maintenance of 07 shunter including new
brake blocks, fan bearings and contactor
Asbestos removal from Cylinders of
Schools class 925
prior to overhaul
School visit to show loco children
around the Works
all this within the space of seven days!
by all means remember the glory of the Works in days
gone by. But donít write the Works of as dead and buried
- we are alive and thriving".
Please feel free to reproduce this email on your
excellent website if you think it would be of interest
Knights Rail Services
am sure all visitors to
this site and ex
employees would agree
with me andwish
Bruce and his team all
the very best of luck
for the future and hope
the works can remain
open for many years to
We have been getting many queries from people researching their Family History and whilst we will try to help where we can, we cannot and are not a site which is able to add too many more queries as you will appreciate, this site takes many hours to update. I have, however, added a few queries and if you are able to help, please email us and we will pass your information on to those concerned.
Can anyone help Carol with any information regarding Ernest Edgar Lay? If so, please let us know and we will forward it on to her
I have just found my grandfather, Ernest Edgar Lay, Holder-up in your employment ledgers. My grandparents lived at 132 Campbell Road, the last house in the street and although my grandfather died when I was very young I have fond memories of visiting my Nan until she could no longer live on her own which must have been sometime in the 1950s.
The magic of arriving by train and taking a taxi the length of Campbell Road, which felt miles long, listening to the trains shunting when I was in bed, walking down to where the turntable turned the huge locomotives round, the back alleys where I played with the local children and the allotments, but the memory that lingers longest is of the factory whistle and all the men riding out to lunch on their bikes.
My brother and cousin being slightly older than me used to escape and sneak over to play on the 'lines', much against parental guidance, laying pennies on the track to be squashed by the trains and retrieving the flat ones when the train had passed!
My Grandfather also coached the local runners in the Athletics Assoc, I have a badge with his details on.
Does the Working Mens Club still exist, I wonder if they have any historical photos.
Keep up the good work.
Do you know anything about Leonard James Perry? Please see Judy's email and let us know if you can help and we will pass your message on, thanks!
My grand father I think joined the works after the first world war. He was a blacksmith and his name was James Leonard Perry. As far as I can tell he worked there until he retired. He lived in Desbrough Road Eastleigh. He died in 1953.
My dad did his apprenticeship at the works my mum can remember he went to Southampton Tech 2 nights a week while he was working there. He was born in 1914 so I should think he started work about 1929 or 30. He moved to Hamble about 1937 when he left the Eastleigh
works. His name was Leonard James Perry.
My dad had 2 brothers but I do not know if they worked at Eastleigh their names were Percy and Reginald Perry.
I would be most grateful if you can find any thing out for me it is very sad that maybe the old records of the works have disappeared. I will put together a short message together for the web site and e-mail it later.
Thank you once again
How about Kathleen Vince, French Polisher?
Does anyone remember Kathleen Vince, French polisher, my Mother at the Eastleigh Carriage works? She worked there through much of the war and up to the 'last day of steam' which I was there for.She also did a lot of work for then "Fur and Feather" collections, making cakes etc.
Any recollections or pictures would be gratefully received.
Thank you.Robert Vince.
I am trying to trace relatives who worked at Eastleigh about 1955 to 1970? Frank Glassby. My Grandfather also would have worked there to having transferred from Nine Elms in London after the 2nd World War. He was Frank too. I believe that they both worked in the Pattern Shop. I have visited Eastleigh
but the museum is closed when I attend. Both relatives are buried in the Cemetery on the right heading out of Eastleigh
towards the M3. I appreciate any help you may be able to give.
would you know if you have any pictures of David Horton. He is my dads son Dick Horton he work at Eastleigh railway works until 1993 . where sadly he was killed in a car/bike accident on his way to work.
I can not remember which department he worked in , I know its a long shot, but it was so lovely to see my dad stood with his mates at work..
To give you
the chance the walk down memory lane of that place we all used to love to
It takes a
long time to put this together and it cant be done or made better without
So if you
see a picture of someone you know on here, let us know if you recognise
them and we haven't named them.
something on this site helps to bring back a memory, please, give others a
chance to wander down memory lane with you and share your photos or
stories, funny, sad, or serious, we don't mind, but please SHARE!