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About our programme of meetings and visits Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

Our Centres run a series of indoor meetings at regular venues over the Autumn, Winter, and Spring periods. This regular, winter series, of meetings is also generally open to guests and non-members.  Where this is not the case it is stated in the Centre's listing. Our venues span the nation from Scotland to the south of England.   Additionally there is a weekend event around the AGM and a selection of outdoor trips in the summer months. Other meetings have been occasionally held on an as required basis in Central London, Leicester, Bristol, Swindon and Weymouth.

Saturday and midweek meeting dates Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

Most winter indoor series meetings are held on weekday evenings. However, returning home late into the evening can be problemstic for members residing some distance away from their nearest centre base therefore some centres do offer daytime meetings. These are currently - Kidderminster, Manchester and Godalming.

The Severn Valley Railway's Kidderminster Station Museum is home to the Midland Centre's meetings (see Venue map). Access by main line rail (Central trains) to the adjacent station is good as is road access. There is ample, relatively inexpensive, parking and catering is available from a choice of two SVR facilities.

The Manchester meetings are held in the City Centre and the opportunity to travel by train to the meetings from a wide area of the North exists. The venue is very central and close to both Albert and St Peter's Squares. (See Venue map) Both these Centres therefore provide the opportunity for members from a wide area the opportunity to travel to an event without being forced into the necessity of a very late return home time.

The Godalming meetings are also easily accesible by public transport.

Although we do not currently promote Kidderminster as a national SLS Centre as a consequence of having such a physically central geographical location, it does offer members from an extremely large catchment area, a Centre base that is accessible.

Twitter – speaker details

 

All Centre meetings are publicised using Twitter at the #hashtags given below..  Whilst appreciating that many of our booked speakers are not Twitter users if you are are then a mention in the meeting notice will be mutually beneficial. Please contact the webmaster using either @John_jnew or @Stephenson_loco.

October (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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5 Oct (Thur) - Manchester - Dr Michael Bailey, M.B.E., SLS President ‘The Archaeology of Early Steam Locomotives’ Joint meeting with the Wirral Model Engineering Society, 19:30 hrs W.I. Hall, Thornton Hough, CH63 1JF (Note day/venue for this meeting) Twitter = #ManchesterSLS

5 Oct - Kendal - Flying Scotsman - The reassembling of Flying Scotsman. Simon Holroyd Twitter = # KendalSLS

6 Oct – Middlesbrough - The Bahamas story - Pete Skellon #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

9 Oct (PM) - Library open day (Members only) - to check times see latest Journal.

9 Oct - Ayrshire - Corkerhill Depot Part II. Mr. David Coddington. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire 

10 Oct - Godalming - Scandinavian railways: Part 2. Peter Worsley

13 Oct (PM) -(Library Members only) - to check times see latest . No library event today; entry was a typo'. Correct dates for October are 9th & 25th as shown.

13 Oct - Newcastle - ‘THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY STEAM LOCOMOTIVES’ Dr. Michael Bailey (Joint Meeting with The Newcomen Society). #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

14 Oct - Kidderminster - Past, Present & Future (Broadway and Beyond?) - Alan Bielby, Chairman, Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway | Twitter = #MidlandsSLS

17 Oct – Coulby Newham - The North Eastern Railway in WW1 - Rob Langham #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf

19 Oct - Barnet - Road and rail in North London. Jim Blake

23 Oct - Ayrshire -  Annual Dinner. Lauriston Hotel,  Ardrossan with Guest Speaker   Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire..

24 Oct (Tue) - Manchester - 1830 hrs - joint meeting with the Newcomen Society, North Western Branch at the Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4FP. (Note day/venue for this meeting) Bob Gwynne, Assistant Curator, NRM - ‘Flying Scotsman: the train, the locomotive, the legend’.

25 Oct (PM) - Library open day (Members only) - to check times see latest Journal.

27 Oct - Newcastle -THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NER TYNESIDE ELECTRIFICATION 1890- 1967. Part 6 – A MISCELLANY Bill Donald. #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page.

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2 Nov - Kendal - The evolution of rail tours from an SLS perspective. Ian Clark.

3 Nov – Middlesbrough -- The Whitby To Loftus Railway - Dr. Mike Williams #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

4 Nov - Manchester - Dr Malcolm Garner ‘The 1968 Hixon Rail Disaster’ On January 6th 1968, a 500-ton train collided with a lorry carrying a 120-ton transformer as it traversed an automatic half barrier crossing at Hixon, Staffordshire. Eleven people were killed. Malcolm’s analysis of the accident will include first-hand accounts.

10 Nov - Newcastle - A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A RAILWAY ENTHUSIAST – 1986 Malcolm Paul. #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

11 Nov - Kidderminster - The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – an update. Mike Whiteaker | Twitter = #MidlandsSLS

13 Nov - Ayrshire - Railroading in America today. Mr. Graham McLachlan. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire 

14 Nov - Godalming - THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY STEAM LOCOMOTIVES’ Dr. Michael Bailey

16 Nov - Barnet - Travels in Germany and Seden. Roger Elkin.

21 Nov – Coulby Newham -  Kiwi Rail - Phil Kirkland#TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

22 Oct (PM) - Library open day (Members only) - to check times see latest Journal.

24 Nov - Newcastle - A RECORD FOR POSTERITY – UNDERGROUND HAULAGES AT THORESBY COLLIERY, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, 2015 Colin Mountford #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

25/26 Nov - Photograph Collection & book sales and recruitment stand/photo display- Warley MRC Exhibition at The NEC.

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

December

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1 Dec – Middlesbrough - Let's celebrate 1875/1925/1975 - Richard Barber #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

2 Dec - Manchester -, 1400hrs Sale United Reformed Church lounge, Montague Road, Sale M33 3BU. (Note venue for this meeting) Meeting includes seasonal refreshments! Roy Chapman ’The East Lancashire Railway’s Castleton Extension Project’ Heritage railways are investing £millions to connect to the national network. The successful East Lancashire Railway and Rochdale Council wish to do the same. Learn all about the many challenges of this complex and interesting project.

7 Dec - Kendal - Christmas social evening.

8 Dec - Newcastle - CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES A seasonal social evening of contributions from members and friends including the John Morris Photographic Competition. Partners are most welcome. Competition entries, taken during the last 12 months, close on 24th November and should be given to John Irving at Centre meetings or e-mailed to the Centre Secretary. 35mm slides also accepted and will be scanned in.. #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

10 Dec - Kidderminster - Christmas Buffet & Members’ Presentations. | Twitter = #MidlandsSLS

11 Dec - Library open day (Members only) - to check times see latest Journal. (Only the one open day this month due to holidays)

11 Dec - Ayrshire - Tramways for the three towns. Mr. Alex Blair. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire           

12 Dec - Godalming - Members afternoon.   

14 Dec - Barnet - Strictly freight only. Brian Ringer.

19 Dec – Coulby Newham - The Eden Brows story - Philip Middleton #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

23 Dec to 1st Jan

The Admin offices and all our Centres will be closed for the Christmas & New Year break.

The Library is not open on 27th Dec.

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2018

January (back to month selection table)- Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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4 Jan - Kendal - Oxenholme Station and its surroundings. John Bateson.

5 Jan - Middlesbrough - No meeting (venue closed due to seasonal holiday period)

8 Jan (2nd Monday of Month) . Library expected to reopen for 2018 season.

8 Jan - Ayrshire - Wemyss Bay Station. Mr. Greg Beecroft. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire

16 Jan - Coulby Newham - HITACHI – ready to deliver - Jim Brewin #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

18 Jan - Barnet - Tickets and ticketing systems from Edmundson to Oyster. Doug Fairhurst.

20 Jan - Manchester - Area AGM (brief) followed by: Graham Jellett ‘New French Light Rail Systems in the 21st Century’ From 2000 to date France has built and brought into service 21 new steel-wheel tramways with a total route length of 460 kilometres. This presentation shows the speaker's photographs of all these tramways, and also some data tables he has drawn up for all 44 French urban public light rail systems currently operating

2018 Godalming, Newcastle & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page.

February (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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1 Feb - Kendal - How the General Strike was Broken - striking trade unionists and volunteer "black legs" on the railways. Dr Robin Smith

2 Feb Middlesbrough -  The battle of the Tees - Tony Nicholson#TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

12 Feb - Ayrshire - Railfuture (Scotland).  Mr Roderick McDougall. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire   

15 Feb - Barnet - Speaker and topic TBC

17 Feb - Manchester - David Stannard, Technical Officer, Railway Performance Society ‘Delving into Aspects of Modern Traction Performance’ An illustrated talk focussing on a period of intensive change on the Crewe-Manchester line between 1998 and 2008 but also including a look at what has been going on recently with Voyager traction modifications and an interesting conundrum concerning HST traction power history.

20 Feb – Coulby Newham - 4-Coupled locomotives - David Warren #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

2018 Godalming, Newcastle & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page.

March (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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1 Mar - Kendal - Railways in Yorkshire. Peter Fitton.

2 MarMiddlesbrough - Teesside Centre AGM #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf

12 Mar - Ayrshire - Latest developments on the  Leadhills & Wanlockhead Rly. Mr. Paul Brennock. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire

15 Mar - Barnet - Developments at Earls Court, Paul Godwin

17 Mar - Manchester - Ian Clark ‘The Evolution of Rail Tours from an SLS Perspective’ A look at how the development of Special and Excursion Trains led to the Rail Tour Era beginning, including the SLS's contribution by Area during the first 20 years.

20 Mar – Coulby Newham - The last years of the Deltics - David Thomas#TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

24/5 Mar London Festival of Railway Modelling. Alexandra Palace.(Stand booked - content TBC)

31 Mar - 2 Apr Promotions stand at York Model Railway Show.

2018 Godalming, Newcastle & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page.

April (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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31 Mar - 2 Apr Promotions stand at York Model Railway Show.

5 Apr - Kendal - An illustrated tour of Irish railways. Michael Davies.

6 Apr Middlesbrough -  The Welsh Highland Railway - Nick Wise #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

9 Ayr - Ayrshire - Centre AGM and members night. Ayrshire programme as a pdf  | #SLSAyrshire

17 Apr– Coulby Newham - My first two seasons - Chris Price – NYMR General Manager #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf

19 Apr - Barnet - Photographs from the SLS Photograph Collection . Keith Greenwood.

2018 Godalming, Newcastle & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page.

May (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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4 May Middlesbrough -  A creative tourist eclipses the Scouts - Sam Woods #TeessideSLS | Centre Programme as pdf.

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

June (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

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July (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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11 Jul - Manchester - 2018 Summer lunch get-together for members, families and friends. Advance notification - location and time TBA

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

August (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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All 2017 meetings for August have been held.

Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

September (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

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Further meetings will be added as and when arranged by Centres.- For Centre details see our Meeting Centres page

Events & meetings more than 12 months ahead (back to month selection table) - Meetings venue page (Includes Centre map & contact details)

General notes regarding the meetings listings

  1. The meetings and venues listed are as notified to the Web-master but may be subject to change at short notice.
  2. When new content for this page is receive it will be posted to the updates| About us & contacts page initially if it cannot be added here immediately.
  3. Non-members are welcome at meetings, unless "members only" is specified although there may be an admission charge or request for a donation. Other relevant events will be added when/where advised.
  4. External links from the  meeting pages to other sites for venue mapping etc. are offered in good faith but may be subject to change outside the SLS's control.