Welcome to The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) Home page - The Premier Railway Society since 1909
The Stephenson Locomotive Society is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales Company Number 10471004 (Registered Office First Floor, Templeback, 10 Temple Back, BRISTOL, BS1 6FL | Section updated 9 August 2017)
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Front Cover image: As the Journal cover picture changes frequently caption details are not listed here. For details see the Journal page.
Origins of the society
Named in honour of one of railway history's
great families the SLS (Stephenson Locomotive Society), founded in 1909,
is the premier society for the study of railways and railway
locomotion. What is the Society about? We are an
established publisher of railway books and our in-house SLS Journal; we also have an unprecedented collection of photographic and drawings material in several collections; we organisers local meetings and events; we are the custodian of a 1/6 scale LNWR built locomotive Orion; we have our own railway archive material in museums. Further
railway and SLS information is available on the attached pages
including a a section with information about why the SLS is of relevance
to railway modellers and film makers etc. All site updates and news items are listed on the News & update | About us & contacts page and regular visitors to the site should link to the news and updates page rather than this, more static, index page.
What we do
The SLS is a Society that will give you in depth coverage of matters relating to locomotives and railway
operation both old and new. The SLS is not just about steam
locomotives and the study of our past but encompasses modern traction
too. The SLS is a society with a hundred year history but is also
looking forward. To the prospective member we offer access
to an extensive railway related library our in-house Journal and a national network of meetings centres. We have a proud history, have achieved much in the field of preservation and heritage - why not join us. The premier society since 1909; recording, preserving, studying the history of railway locomotives and railway operation worldwide.
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For the film maker, author and researcher
As the page listing some of the published works by our membership past and present shows the SLS has always been, and continues to be, a home for writers, photographers and researchers of past railway transport history, the contemporary scene and also those writing fiction around the theme of railways. Resources supporting this aspect of our role include the photograph collection, the Library, the Journal and the internet forum. If you are a film maker, writer or researcher the SLS is therefore the society for you.
Our other services and membership
To find out about the other services the SLS offers click one of the navigation links from this home, index, page. Visit our Membership page for full details and latest offer deals including the Gift Membership options and card choice. Alternatively go direct to our Application Form. For a copy of our brochure by post email your name and address to the Publicity Officer using the link below. Find us on Facebook and LinkedIin
SLS is The Stephenson Locomotive Society concerned with railways and
railway history with information
about George Stephenson. This SLS is named in honour of George and Robert
Stephenson with a Fact File about their achievements. This SLS is interested in the Stockton and Darlington railway. The
SLS is interested in the Rocket and the SLS also covers the Liverpool
and Manchester railway. This SLS is neither a US law academy nor a type of Mercedes car.
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Site last updated as per the updates page.
Internet continuity - older versions of the Society website
As archived copies of our older print publications will include the reference to our former website URL of www.stephensonloco.fsbusiness.co.uk in perpetuity we have added this reference here to assist with internet continuity. We hope that by now any external Links Page sites will have been updated to include the current URL. This entry is so that search engine indexing will pick up the old reference but provide the active link destination as this home page.
We also include this link to the former fsbusiness website (as stored on the Internet Wayback Archive) as several captures of the former site are available there. (Broken link found and fixed / section updated 17 July 2018).
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SLS Photograph Collection (Open sales)
How to join
Apply by on-line form
Application form (Traditional postal submission)
SLS Library (Membership service)
SLS Resources (Free service)
The picture gallery (Opens new window/tab)
About us / Contacts
Search and A to Z list
Links to other sites
Links to other railway sites (Off-site link)
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