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The Society's substantial permanent library located at Addlestone in Surrey, with over 7000 titles. It opens to members approximately twice per month. The opening days are published in the Society 'Journal' and our on-line Meetings Calendar. Those members who cannot attend personally can borrow by post.
The Library contains important and unique reference documents including official reports, works and builders lists and a substantial run of bound magazines dating back to late 19th century. There are about 10,000 items for loan plus a large collection of photographs. The items date from the earliest days of railways to the present day.
To contact the Librarian with collection queries, or to order one of our publications, please email - SLS Librarian (Gerry Nichols)
(Please note this is a member only service - opening times are in the Journal)
Always 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of Month.
January Monday 8th and Wednesday 24th
February Monday 12th and Wednesday 28th
March Monday 12th and Wednesday 28th
April Monday 9th and Wednesday 25th
May Monday 14th and Wednesday 23rd
June Monday 11th and Wednesday 27th
July Monday 9th and Wednesday 25th
August Monday 13th and Wednesday 22nd
September Monday 10th and Wednesday 26th
October Monday 8th and Wednesday 24th
November Monday 12th and Wednesday 28th
December Monday 10th
Closed for Christmas/New Year (Not open therefore on 26th Dec 2018)
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CATALOGUE - All of the Current Library Catalogue is on line as either PDFs or as a CSV file loadable into various software options. The 2006 catalogue is now obsolete and has been withdrawn.
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BOOKS - We have books on all aspects of railways. The majority are on Britain's railways although the section on N American railroads is also extensive.
LISTS - There are lists of the motive power for most British, European and Overseas railways. We also have builders works lists covering most of the world's builders of motive power from various researchers and sources. including all of the late Prof. Mike Page's collection.
PAMPHLETS - A large collection of pamphlets, brochures and prepared papers covering a wide selection of railway matters.
PAPERS - from Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Locomotive Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Newcommen Society and the SLS.
DIAGRAMS - A selection of railway locomotive diagram books together with drawings of locomotives and rolling stock.
MAPS - The library has a good selection of maps, mostly British.
ACCIDENT REPORTS - A large selection of British official Accident Reports.
MAGAZINES - Complete runs of the SLS Journal, Railway Observer, Railway Magazine, Locomotive Magazine, Modern Railways and Railway World. Bound volumes of many other British railway magazines and a long run of the U.S. trains.
TIMEtableS - A selection of British timetables both public and working and a small number of overseas timetables.
PHOTOGRAPHS - A large collection of photographs of British locomotives over the years for both large and small companies and of industrial locomotives. Also a selection of stations and running sheds. There is a good selection of overseas locomotives.The total collection contains over 80,000 photographs. See sub-section - SLS Library - Stanford Jacobs Collection which contains three photo's from the library's photo collection. Various photographs from the Library Photographic Collection will also appear regularly on the What, When or where? page and on the Answered What, When or where? page.
SPECIAL ITEMS FOR REFERENCE AT LIBRARY ONLY
Railway Distance tables Railway Clearing House 1924
Original Kitson Works Records
Kitson trial Book 1861-1938
Kitson Engines & Tenders
Kitson Tank Engines
Kitson tram & Light Railway Engines
Kitson Locomotive Engines Vol 1
Kitson Locomotive Engines Vol 2
Kitson Locomotive Engines Vol 3
Nasmyth Wilson Loco Reference 1861-1897
An extensive Library catalogue is available. Lists of the photographs are in preparation.
For details of any help wanted pictures see page "What, when where?"
One of two "Stephenson" name plates from class 87s available for members to view in the SLS Library (opening dates as listed in the Journal.) Photo © John New. More about the SLS Nameplates collection is here, Click here or on photo to open larger copy of image.
New Centenary Headboard, created specially for the SLS by the Bluebell Railway (Hosts of our April 2009 AGM weekend) and one of several headboards preserved in the library. Click image for larger size copy. More about the SLS Special headboards is here. Photo © Brian Dotson.
To find us/Venue map (Section updated 30 November 2017)
Link to printable information sheet (Pdf) with a ccopy of the map below and these 'how to find the library' notes (1 page Pdf)
By road from M25 Junction 11 onto A317 signposted Weybridge. From the A317 after the Addlestone roundabout take the junction signposted WEYBRIDGE AND BOURNE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES. Hamm Moor Lane is straight ahead. Heritage House is the last major building on the right opposite the moorings on the Wey Navigation.
Walking from Addlestone Railway Station turn left onto Station Road. Take first right into Alexandra Road and continue into Shakespeare Road. Where the road turns right into The Terrace there is a footpath across the sports field leading to The Pelican on Hamm Moor Lane. Turn right and Heritage House is on your right after 150 yards – walking time 10-15 minutes.
By bus from Kingston Railway Station Abellio Surrey bus service 461 takes 1 hour from Kingston Bus station to Addlestone leaving at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. Alight at Meadowlands Park Bus Stop. Turn left into road signposted Weybridge and Bourne Industrial Estate. Follow Hamm Moor Lane as road directions – walking time 10 minutes.
The postcode KT15 2SF should lead you to Hamm Moor Lane. The Ian Allan premises are the last but one on the right hand side after DuploInternational and Locker 27 fitness centre. The building does not have external identification as Ian Allan but there is a small notice at the gate for Chase Organic who share the premises. On arrival, sign in at reception and ask to be directed across the warehouse to the Library.
On arrival please sign in the Visitors Book in the reception area and contact a member of Ian Allan’s staff for directions to the Library.
and Answered What, When or where?
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SLS Library - Stanford Jacobs Collection
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Links to other sites
Links to other railway sites (Off-site link)