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News & Press Releases (Updated to 28th November)
New book (Section revised 28th November)
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. Full public mail order release details will be announced shortly as soon as the mail ordering arrangements for Payment and Post & Packing are finalised.
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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.
R H N Hardy made an Honorary Member of the Society
The Society’s Past President, Richard (Dick) Hardy, has been made an Honorary Life Member of The Stephenson Locomotive Society. The President, Dr Michael Bailey, visited him at his care home in Amersham on 19 September 2017, and presented him with a certificate of Life Membership. The certificate reads: The Stephenson Locomotive Society wishes to record its gratitude for his outstanding service to the Society, to mark his achievements in railway operations, and to record the high esteem that its members hold him in.
Forthcoming "Meet the Society" and extra events (Section updated 26 September 17)
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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Latest Journal cover picture details
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 20 November 2017).
Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to all our website readers.
14 Dec - (2) The fault has been traced and is now fixed in new, outgoing, emails. If replying to older sends please add the email address manually as the corruption in our Outlook email had corrupted the reply to field, hence the failed deliveries of replies back to us. Again our apologies for the inconvenience if you failed to reach us via email. Our specific recipient email addresses were unaffected by the fault.
14 Dec - (1) 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 webmaster'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 webmaster’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.
27 Jun - Further updates to the Photo Collection lists. List 52 updated as a result of additional information received. List content = United Kingdom standard and narrow gauge steam locomotives, including all of the 'big four' companies, industrial operators, trams, and India. Photographs taken by E.S. Lomax between 1937 - 1949 but with an interruption due to his incarceration during the War. Sales event - The SPC Photo Collection will be at the Kidderminster Postcard Collectors Fair on 8th July; event also added to Perpetual Calendar
22 Jun - Updates to the Photo Collection lists. List 52 updated as a result of additional information received.
19 Jun - Updates to the Photo Collection lists. List 33 updated as a result of additional information received. List content = LMS locomotives and motive power depots photographed between 1928 -1947 inclusive by A.J. Boston, A.N.B. Harris and J.F. O'Neill. (MS Word format.)
15 Jun - Update to Perpetual Calendar with details of the next series of arranged meetings for the Newcastle & Manchester Centres.
10 Jun - Update to Perpetual Calendar with extra meeting added on 14 Jun. More details here - https://www.facebook.com/RCTSSW/posts/1729742447323292
6 Jun - Updates to the Photo Collection lists. The Camwell lists C5, C10 and C14 all updated as a result of additional information received.
5 Jun - Correction to Perpetual Calendar and Library pages. Due to an error the 5th June was initially issued incorrectly instead of the correct, sequential, date of the12th. Regrettably this was not spotted until the 5th and the Librarian apologises for any inconvenience this admin error has caused.
30 May - The contents of Journal 905 (May/June) updated on the Journal page, the latest cover image updated (Shows on several pages) and the archived list of previous Journal content also updated. Latest cover image also added to the list of photos on free-view. The Obituaries page sadly also updated. The latest What, Where When image also posted. The Perpetual Calendar updated for month change as all our May events now held. Minor revision to text on the home/index page. The final update to be mentioned is the image added above of the presentation made to Martin Green during our recent AGM, of a signed Terence Cuneo collection on recognition of his work as our previous General Secretary.
24 May - Updates to the Photograph Collection home page, order form PDF and the List of lists; changes are due to postal rate revisions and the addition of new list 56 - British Railways London Midland Region steam locomotives photographed by A.J. Moorse between 1952-1965 inclusive. Update for latest Journal due shortly. Due to revised postal prices please replace any older, downloaded forms.
20 Apr - Some of the test files previously linked from the SLS Resources page have been temporarily withdrawn pending clarification of copyright issues regarding the reuse of images for this secondary purpose.
10 Apr (Amended 12 Apr) - Additional Orion steaming date added to Perpetual Calendar and in list above. Minor textual updates to the Photograph Collection page. Formatting bug corrected on the Photo answers page. Follow up testing identified the initial fix had also, unexpectedly, altered the navigation alignment on several additional pages; fix two has now rectified both issues.
3 Apr - Two extra events added to Perpetual Calendar for June - one public, one members only.
1 - 2 Apr - Updating for the contents of J904 completed with addition of What Where When no 188 and addition of the Obituaries included in the associated Newsletter.
31 Mar - Updates to the Photograph Collection page and supporting documents. (1) Info sheet revisions due to postage increases. (2) List of Lists, correction to a photographer’s initials (3) Order Form, minor presentational revisions.
28 - 29 Mar - Library file corruption, (see entry below) now fixed and related pages also given minor updates. Descriptive text, and the in-page navigation links, on the Photograph Collection page revised to aid clarity. Global update to site removing double spaces after full stops to aid speech browsers. Updating with the latest Journal contents of J904 (March/April edition) commenced.
28 Mar - As all March events have been held update of Perpetual Calendar for month change completed today together with some textual rewording in the header information. Also an error in a speaker's details noted and corrected, with apologies.
24 Mar - Corruption discovered in one of the library index files. Link page updated, we are working on a fix and apologies for this temporary problem.
22 Mar - Addition of event 1 Apr - Transport Collector’s Market. Chiswick Town Hall London W4. Sat 1 April organised by the Irish Railway Record Society. 11 am – 3pm to Perpetual Calendar and Photograph Collection page as we are attending with a photo sales stand.
21 Mar - Review of stock levels of publications hence revision of the Publications page. Also a reminder that we will be at the London Festival of Railway Modelling this weekend (25 - 26 Mar - Alexandra Palace - Photograph Collection sales & recruitment Stand No 126) and looking slightly further ahead also at York Model Railway Show. over Easter (15 -17 Apr 2017 - Society information stand).
16 Mar (2) The bug on the Photograph Collection page displacing the left navigation bar to the page foot has now been fixed. A global update of the fix has been applied and the main pages have been tested individually. However as in all 114 pages were bulk updated today it was not practical to check every line of every page therefore if you should find a new problem as a consequence of this update please let the web-master know. .
16 Mar (1) - Update to pages and forms in the Photograph Collection section including the main page, List of Lists and new List No. 55 – 90 photographs of British Railways Eastern Region steam locomotive classes A1-Y9 and electric classes EM1 and EM2 photographed by R.J. Moorse between 1948-1967 inclusive. Also a reminder we will be at Alexandra Palace on 25/26 Mar for the London Festival of Railway Modelling with our Photograph Collection Sales stand. A bug on some pages displacing the left navigation bar to the page foot has been noted. We are working on locating this bug and fixing it.
14 Mar - Short notice update of the Perpetual Calendar for a meeting postponement today by Godalming Centre and addition of details speaker/topic for a Teesside SLS meeting date at Coulby Newham later in the programme.
7 Mar - The missing cover image details and link added for J871 on the Journal (Previous editions) page.
5 Mar - Routine update of the Perpetual Calendar for month change and addition of the remaining unconfirmed speaker/topic entries for the Kidderminster Centre.
14 & 15 Feb - Older news items removed above and amendments to the Perpetual Calendar for March events.(A date corrected, a TBA amended with the topic details and two extra events added) Revised content of Photograph Collection list 45 uploaded too. As the CLG information is now contained in the About us & contacts page the original header banner layout restored.
31 Jan - Regular update for month end of the Perpetual Calendar as all Centres have completed their January programme.
23 Jan - Updates to Library page (reordering of the existing content) and the Perpetual Calendar with correction of an accidental omission. There IS a meeting at the Barnet Centre on 16th February.
19 Jan - Updates today (Batch 1) Current Cover image on various pages, Journal (Previous editions), Journal contents, Obituaries and the Index of Photographs on freeview. (Batch 2) Answer page for WWW185 added, the related WWW Answers page updated and a new WWW187 added to the What When Where page. (Batch 3) Update to pages and forms in the Photograph Collection section including the main page, Order Form, List of Lists, Updated List 53 and new List C17. All the known updates due are now completed.
Our Photograph Collection Custodian lost internet/email connectivity in late December (now restored). If you emailed him after 20 Dec and have not received a reply please resend.
17 Jan - Library dates for full year 2017 added to Library page and the Perpetual Calendar. Updating various pages for for Journal contents (J903 January/February edition) commencing. Updates will be loaded to live as/when completed over the next couple of days.
8 Jan - About us & contacts page link added across majority of the site. (Automated process - most pages updated). Updates for Teesside meetings on the Perpetual Calendar.
4 Jan - The Admin team are now back following the holiday period. Our 2016 Christmas Card image featured a GWR fictional branch line class locomotive. Although now removed from the main site the supporting information is located here.
31 Dec/1 Jan 2017 - Several mandatory updates arising from the switch to CLG status were uploaded as the Society changed status overnight. All the details regarding our Company Limited by Guarantee status are on the Contacts page. [NB The original text of this update has been amended as the CLG details were varied during the year. 10 Aug 2017]
Earlier entries for 2016 now removed as obsolete.
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