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News & Press Releases (Updated to 13 Aoril 2018)
Sir William McAlpine Bt., Sadly we have to report that our Patron, Sir William McAlpine Bt., died on Sunday, 4th March. RIP Bill. A saviour of much of our railway heritage. His memorial service will be held on 13 may at Fawley Hill. Details given are on the Society Yahoo Group and are also available from the webmaster on request.
The news was received via the Henley Standard. More details at http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/fawley/122843/saviour-of-flying-scotsman-dies.html
New books (Section revised 4 January 2018)
The two latest books from our Publications Division were launched at the Warley Model Railway Show over the weekend of 25/26 November to critical acclaim. Price £9.50 each (SLS Members £7.50) plus £3.00 P&P for up to two books. To order please send a cheque made out to The Stephenson Locomotive Society to the SLS Promotions Officer, 2A Spring Gardens, PORTLAND, Dorset DT5 1JG. They will also be available direct from our stands at the London Festival of Railway Modelling and York Model Railway Show.
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Change in Journal Editor for issue J909 and onwards (Section revised 28th November)
We confirm that our Journal Editor since 2008 (Brian Dotson) has now retired from the role with the publication of J908. His replacement as Editor is John New, our current PRO and website manager. The email link to the Journal Editor has also been updated today and now forwards to the current Editor. Our grateful thanks are expressed to Brian Dotson for his past endeavours.
Forthcoming "Meet the Society" and extra events (Section updated 6 January 2018).
In addition to our regular series of Centre meetings we will also be at the following events and one-off meetings:-
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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.
Next expected content updates (Section updated 25 January 2018).
13 Apr - Details of the March/April Journal contents added. The Previous Journal index and cover image sections also updated. (Apologies for these delayed updates - Webmaster). The Perpetual Calendar updated with additiuonal meetings information.
4 Apr - A big thank you to all our customers at the three recent events our sales/publicity teams have attended (Chiswick, Alexandra Palace and York) . The Perpetual Calendar updated for month change. Also apologies for the delayed update with the latest Journal contents. lt is out and updates will appear on the Current Journal and Previous Journal index pages shortly (Reason = attending the promotions events).
24 Mar - List 58 112 photographs of British Railways, Western Region steam locomotives photographed by A.J. Moorse between 1953-1964 inclusive added to the SPC page. Also note the Library dates for May are incorrectly listed in the Journal but are correct on the Library page and our Perpetual Calendar.
5 Mar - Sir William McAlpine Bt., Sadly we have to report that our Patron, Sir William McAlpine Bt., died on Sunday, 4th March. RIP Bill. A saviour of much of our railway heritage. Adjuatmnts ot the site made where relevant.
1 Mar - Confirming the expected news. Kendal's meeting tonight has now been CANCELLED, Teeside's Middlesbrough meeting tomorrow (Friday 2nd) POSTPONED to a date TBC (probably to 6 April) and our Society stand will not be at the Preston Mod-ex Show over the weekend (3rd - 4th) as that event has also been prudently cancelled by the organiser. The Perpetual Calendar updated.
28 Feb - (2) Friday's Middlesbrough / Teesside AGM meeting postponed due to adverse weather.
28 Feb - (1) As the February programme has now been completed the update to the Perpetual Calendar for the month change is now live. Also note cancellation of our stand at Preston Model Railway Show due to bad weather - some meetings in doubt for same reason. Changes and updates on the Perpetual Calendar (March) and via Twitter and Facebook as details received. You are advised to check with Centre orgaanisers before traveling.
24 Feb - The date of the Godalming Centre meeting for March in the Perpetual Calendar revised due to circumstances outside our control. The date in the Society Newsletter is therfore now confirmed as correct.
20 Feb - Updates to the Contacts page, and in the News Section above as we have sadly been informed that our Past president, R H N (Dick) Hardy has passed away.
14 Feb - Kendal Centre event added to the Perpetual Calendar and updated content regarding French Light Rail added to the Resources Page.
30 Jan - As the January programme has now been completed the update to the Perpetual Calendar for the month change is now live. The Twitter link for #KendalSLS reinstated plus a handful of very minor tweaks elsewhere.
25 Jan - Typo' corrected in one of the email addresses on the Contacts page and a minor update to the Perpetual Calendar. With our profuse apologies obviously for the original typo'. We are also able to announce the addition of several alternative URLs which have now been linked to our home page.
23 Jan - The remaining Journal related content held over from the 16 January updating session now added. Page content updated/added today are the Obituaries, a new What, Where, When? image (WWW 193) added and the tranfer of resolved WWW No 191 (Bridlington) to the Answered queries index page. The latter page also had the link to the details for answered WWW 189 added. The Perpetual Calendar updated with confirmation of further dates for the Godalming Centre, albeit some meetings there are still topic/speaker TBC.
20 Jan - New 2018 Order form for the SPC Prints and minor revision to the Photograph Collection page
with additional navigation links.
16 Jan - The Library Catalogue index page and the four associated PDFs have been updated to 16 January 2018 as has the Code List. The former csv file has been withdrawn as it is now obsolete. The Library Section pages are also expected to be updated over the next couple of days. Updating of the pages associated with the latest Journal now also ongoing; completed are Current Journal, Previous Journal index, Cover Image and Photographs on Freeview. Further Journal related updates over coming days.
9/10 Jan - Late notice speaker change for the Teesside meeting on 16th January - Yesterday's (9th Jan) interim update to the Perpetual Calendar now completed with topic and speaker details also added. Due to our web manager changing his main computers over from a Windows base to a replacement all Apple Mac system some email and twitter responses may be delayed in next 24-48 hours.
6 Jan (2) - Full reload during the afternoon/evening of all the Photograph Collection lists and forms to ensure that the latest versions are live and the CLG status is correctly shown on all versions. Some minor revisions to file names also made to correct anomalies.
6 Jan (1) - Minor changes made on the Photograph Collection pages to aid navigation to the associated forms together with an update to the events being attended section. The accidentally corrupted WebInfo form also replaced with the correct version, with our obvious apologies for the previously unnoticed save/upload error. The Publications Page also updated together with the adding of details for two additional events onto the Perpetual Calendar.
4 Jan - Update to the Perpetual Calendar for the month change now live with additional dates for the Library; speaker updates also added for both Barnet & Kidderminster Centres. Minor update on the Library page with removal of obsolete 2017 opening dates etc.. Removal also of the seasonal greetings messages and the older 2017 updates from the list below.
23 Dec - The Admin offices and all our Centres are now closed for the Christmas & New Year break. The Library is not open on 27th Dec. Minor update to Perpetual Calendar.
17 Dec - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our website readers. Revisions to Perpetual Calendar for the 2018 meetings; some omissions now added where Centres had not previously confirmed dates/venue and speaker details updated from TBC to actual.
14 Dec - After receiving reports some emails to our generic address have been bouncing a support ticket has been raised this morning with our ISP; our apologies if you have failed to reach us via email.
5 Dec - Minor revision to Perpetual Calendar. Reminder added for the non-standard start time for the Kidderminster meeting on 9th December.
1 Dec - SLS AGM page and Perpetual Calendar updated with details of the 2018 AGM.
30 Nov - As the last meeting in November has been held the Perpetual Calendar has been updated for the routine month change. A minor formatting error in the month/pick grid also rectified. Library pages also updated with new directions and location map. 2018 Library and Newcastle Centre also added in the calendar and on the library page..
29 Nov - A revision to the site layout today to fully incorporate the On-Line Application page in to the site. Although that page is still in the beta test stage it is workable "as is". The email link to the Journal Editor has also been updated today and now forwards to the current Editor. Our grateful thanks are expressed to the retiring Editor Brian Dotson for his past endeavours.
23 NOV - Please note that the membership renewal information slip distributed with the current Journal includes a typo in the sort code. The correct code is 52-30-18. The account number given is correct.
21 Nov - Additional information added to the What Where When page and the Obituaries page. Although some editorial work is still required to these pages the information is in the correct place: updates will be finalised next week when the web/Admin team return from working our stand (D44) at the Warley Show at the NEC this coming weekend.
We can also confirm that our Journal Editor since 2008 (Brian Dotson) has retired from the role with the publication of J907. His replacement is John New, our current PRO and website manager.
20 Nov - Page layout amendments above. News items added/updated above. Update to the Journal page for J908 (Nov/Dec) with associated updates to Previous Journal Contents. The Photographs on free-view list updated with the J908 cover image. Further J908 related updates are current work in progress.
19 Nov - Addition made to the What Where When section and three resolved images added to the answered queries page and with individual pages also. Minor amendment to the membership information page. Details for Journal No 908 received and will be added over next few days.
18 Nov - We have received one report that the PDFs linked to from the SPC pages do not open correctly. After extensive testing on a variety of Windows based PCs and Apple PCs, i-pads and i-phones we have been unable to replicate the problem. If it does occur/recur for you would you please save the corrupted version and forward it to us; we will then attempt to replicate the issue using that file.
4 Nov - Regular month end update of Perpetual Calendar for month change. We are also proud to announce two new publications launching at the Warley MRC Show at the NEC 25/6 November - Stand D44 NEC.
25 Oct - Minor update to Perpetual Calendar (Revised meeting details - Barnet Centre for November's meeting)
4 Oct - Regular month end update of Perpetual Calendar for month change.
26 Sep - Normal update processes now resuming. A further apology for the fact that regrettably our web-master’s succumbed to a further short illness after the 14th Sep update, hence the further delay in commencing this set of updates. The updates for J907 Sep/Oct edition will be appearing over the next few days; commencing with today's updates - pages updated today are Journal Contents, Journal Cover picture, List of photos on Free View and Index of Previous Journal editions/contents. Obituaries were also included in the associated Newsletter. A further apology for the fact that regrettably our web-master’s short illness intervened after the 14th Sep update, hence further delay to this set of updates. Work in progress - pages relating to various items from J907 regarding What, When Where images
14 Sep - Centre contacts page reviewed and updated where necessary. (J907 updates further delayed)
31 Aug - Further update to the Photograph Collection page and associated documentation as a revised Web Order Form uploaded.
29 Aug - Perpetual Calendar updated for month change as all August meetings now completed. New list 57 BRITISH RAILWAYS STANDARD LOCOMOTIVES including Ex WD classes photographed by A.J. Moorse during the period 1953 -1964 (Excel format) added to the SLS Photograph Collection page with related forms and listing also updated. In addition a replacement copy of existing List 33 with additional updates also added.
27 Aug: Minor update to Perpetual Calendar; topic change at the Newcastle meeting on 29th Sept.
NB Updates may be limited/sporadic until mid-Sept due to Admin team holidays/illness.
11 Aug - Perpetual Calendar now complete for 2017 indoor season meetings. dates and speaker details added for the Barnet, Godalming and Kendal Centres. The latest What, Where When image (WWW 190) also posted to complete the updates from the last Journal content. Other site content should also be WIP today and will be announced as/when completed.
10 Aug - Minor amendments to the text on the SLS Photograph Collection page and also revised SPC forms loaded with the updated Registered Office address.
9/10 Aug - Our Registered Office changed to First Floor, Templeback, 10 Temple Back, BRISTOL, BS1 6FL as of midnight 9/10 August and address updated, where relevant, across the site. Contacts page updated for this and also, coincidentally, a change in details for our Membership Secretary.
9 Aug - Updating of website recommenced. Details of these further updates will be added on completion; probably during 9 - 10th Aug. Current Journal Cover and associated text updated together with contents of latest Journal (J906 July/Aug edition). Page with answer to What Where When image 176 created and details moved from the current WWW queries page to the Answered page.
6 Aug - Update of Perpetual Calendar for month change.
24 Jul - Update of Perpetual Calendar with our Kidderminster Centre winter/spring indoor meetings schedule.
19 Jul - Update of Perpetual Calendar with our Teesside Centre winter indoor meetings schedule. (NB The Ayrshire Centre meetings accidentally deleted during an earlier update now reinstated).
12 Jul - Further updates to the Photo Collection lists. Camwell list C12 and summary list C14 both updated as a result of new information received.
3 Jul - Update of Perpetual Calendar for month change and the addition of the Ayrshire Centre winter indoor season programme.
The earlier entries made during 2017 now removed as obsolete.
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