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News & Press Releases (Updated to 9 May 2018)
Our General Secretary - Sadly we also have to report the news that our General Secretary, Chris Jenkins, passed away on the 5th May in hospital. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.(Revised 9 May)
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. A full obituary will appear in the Society Journal being published on 15 May. (Updated 6 May)
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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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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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 25 January 2018).
15 Jun - The Pepetual Calendar listings updated with the dates and a majority of the speaker topics for the Autumn to Christmas period indoor meetings season together wirth several Centre's dates through into 2019.
14 Jun - Further updates as the catching up process continues - The published answer for WWW 166 has been updated with new pages added for the answered WWW 193 & WWW 194. As a consequence of these updates the What When Where queries and the Questions answered index pages also updated. The photos on Free View list also uodated with the J911 cover image.
11 Jun - Updates recommenced today after funeral attendance and period of illness. Updated to date - Journal contents, cover image and Journal Contents (Previous editions) Meetings venue page also updated as Newcastle Centre have a new venue from September onwards and also the Perpetual Calendar for same update.
5 Jun - The Perpetual Calendar updated for routine month end change. Work commencing today on updating the site with the contents of Journal 911. Updates will continue over several days.
13 May - Updates to the Photo collection page and forms due to revised Royal Mail postage rates. If you have archived forms please replace with the current versions.
9 May - Update in the news section above and also a reload (with minor revision) of the PDF on New French Light Rail systems.
1 May - The Perpetual Calendar updated for routine month end change together with a speaker update. Update to the previously published answer for WWW image No 166; confirmation the photograph was taken at Notttingham not Stafford as erroneously advised previously. Also wishing one and all, worldwide, a joyful May Day morning. Also some old news items removed from section above.
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 additional 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.
The earlier entries made during 2017 now removed as obsolete.
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