Welcome to The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) Home page - The Premier Railway Society since 1909
Find us on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter | For latest Society information see - News items and our Site updates
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 organise 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 & updates 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 wordwide.
Back to top of page
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 Linkedin
SLS is The Stephenson Locomotive Society concerned with railways and
railway history with information
about George Stephenson. This SLS is named in hounour of George and Robert
Stephenson with a Fact File about their acheivements. 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.
Back to top of page
Until midnight on 31 December 2016
The SLS is The Stephenson Locomotive Society, a group of members combining to research railway locomotives, railway operation, railway heritage and
On and from 1st January 2017
The Stephenson Locomotive Society is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales Company Number 10471004 (Registered Office 21 St. Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JS)
NB The SLS Admin centres will be closed over the holiday period from 24 December to 2 January inclusive.
Email to - General Secretary (until 31 December 2016)
Email to - Company Secretary (On and from 1 January 2017)
Email to - Journal Editor
Email to - Librarian
Email to - Photograph Collection Custodian
Email to - Promotions & Publicity Officer / Web coordinator
Email to - Membership Secretary
Email to - For any other query
Twitter = @Stephenson_loco Twitter
text, site design and other informationon this website is copyright The Stephenson
Locomotive Society. The photographs used remain either the copyright of
the SLS or that of the original photographer and have NOT been released
into the public domain via Creative Commons unless that is individually endorsed.
For academic referencing of any of our web-page content please use the address of the General Secretary. Currently = Maidstone.
For academic referencing of any of ourJournal content please use the address of the Editor. Currently = Llandridnod Wells.
This page last updated 30 November 2016.
Site last updated as per the updates page.
SLS Photograph Collection (Open sales)
How to join
SLS Library (Membership service)
SLS Resources (Free service)
The picture gallery (Opens new window/tab)
Links to other sites
Links to other railway sites (Off-site link)
European Directive on tracking cookies - see the notices and legal requirements page.