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Meetings and visits incorporating the Perpetual Calendar Page updated 30 November

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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.

December

Page updated 5 December 2017

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

9 Dec - Kidderminster - Note 13:00 start time - 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)  Twitter feed = #SLSLibrary

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

Page updated 5 December 2017

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

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

8 Jan - Library open day (Members only) - to check times see latest Journal. Twitter feed = #SLSLibrary

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

12 Jan - Newcastle - Isle Of Man At Last!, Phil Kirkland Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

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

26 Jan - Newcastle - South East Northumberland Rail User Group (Senrug) Update, Dennis Fancett Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

27/28 Jan - Meet the Society - Kendal Model Railway Exhibition - Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, LA 9 7HX

2018 Godalming & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC as at 30 November.

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)

Page updated 5 December 2017

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.

9 Feb - Newcastle - (A Double Talk) 1 - To Europe For Steam – West Germany 1974 Trevor Ermel and (2|) Coal Traffic In The North East During The 60s’  & Branch Lines In The North East During The 50s’ And 60s’, Alan Brooks Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

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.

23 Feb - Newcastle - Centre Annual General Meeting And Members’ Evening. Agenda items and offers of contributions of 35mm colour slide presentations for members’ evening to the Centre Secretary by  9th February please.Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

2018 Godalming & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC as at 30 November.

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)

Page updated 5 December 2017

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

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

3/4 Mar - Meet the Society - Preston Model Railway Show - Sports Hall, Preston College, St. Vincent's Road, Fulwood, PR2 8UR 

9 Mar - Newcastle - Home And Abroad: Journeys With My Camera. Ian Britton Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

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.

23 Mar - Newcastle - Das Deutsche Reichsbahn (D.R) East Germany 1984 To 1990, Dr. Ing. Prof. F.W. Hampson Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

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

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

2018 Godalming & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC as at 30 November.

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)

Page updated 5 December 2017

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

13 Apr - Newcastle - ‘Sigh For A Deltic’, David Thomas Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

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.

27 Apr - Newcastle - N.E.R. Tyneside Electrics:- A Pictorial Record, David Fraser Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

2018 Godalming & Kidderminster Centres - meeting dates/details - all TBC as at 30 November.

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)

Page updated 5 December 2017

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

18 May - Newcastle - Rope & Chain Haulage On Railways In Britain, Colin Mountford Twitter feed = #NewcastleSLS | Centre website

19 - 21 May Society National AGM weekend. Derby  See our AGM page for further details.

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)

Page updated 5 December 2017

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)

Page updated 5 December 2017

Provisional - Orion Steaming at the Model mania event - Locomotion, Shildon.

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)

Provisional - Orion Steaming at the Autumn Steam Gala - Locomotion, Shildon.

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

October (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.

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

Provisional - Warley MRC Exhibition - NEC.

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.