Papers of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports; papers of Percy Collick, Assistant General Secretary; papers re Clapham Junction crash enquiry, 1989; minute books, accounts and other papers of over 97 branches, 1884-1993.

The Welsh branch papers include: Aberdare Branch, minutes, 1972-83; Aberystwyth Branch, minutes, 1978-89; Llandovery Branch, contribution ledger, 1920-63; Llanelli Branch, minutes, 1980-88, and accounts and correspondence, 1970-88; Llantrisant Branch, minutes, contribution ledger, etc, 1916-87; Neath Branch, contribution ledger, 1886-1925; Radyr Branch, minutes and accounts, 1974-93; Rogerstone Branch, contribution ledger, 1952-62; Swansea Branch, minutes and accounts, 1929-83; Tredegar Branch, 1914-60; Wrexham Branch, minutes, 1967-83.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen was formed in 1880.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions. Volume 3 (Aldershot: Gower, 1987).


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by ASLEF General Office in September 1997.

Other Finding Aids

The branch records were catalogued by Lisa Lavender in 1999, and a copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A box list for the rest of the archive is available in paper format at the Centre.

Authority records exist for the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (GB 152 AAR1036) and for Percy Collick (GB 152 AAR1913).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the records of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (MSS.127/AS) and the General Railway Workers' Union (MSS.127/GR), and their successor, the National Union of Railwaymen (MSS.127/NU). It also holds the papers of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Vehicle Wagon Builders, Wheelwrights, Carpenters and Mechanics (MSS.259/RV) and the Transport Salaried Staff Association (MSS.55).