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The modern railway in transition photographed at York on 29 August 2018. 800 201, an Azuma unit, ready to depart to the south on a test run. It stands alongside a platform trolley newly re-badged to show the latest operator of the ill-fated ECML franchisee. Image: John New

At Schierke in the Harz mountains of Germany locomotive 99 7238 (LKM 1956) was running round the stock of the 08:50 arrival from Wernigerode when photographed on 24thFebruary 1991. Image: Ian Mainprize.

Rebuilt Battle of Britain No 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ was back in action at the Swanage Railway on 10th October after almost 3 months out for repairs. Image: Ken Livermore Hon Sec. NBL Preservation Group

Preserved Class 201 Hastings DEMU 1001 approaches Upwey working the outward Weymouth Warrior rail-tour on 4 August 2018. Image John New.

The new Class 710 as unveiled to the press at Bombardier’s works in Derby on 20 June 2018. Photo/source: Transport for London.

Quarry Hunslet No. 994 George Sholto (Built 1909) resting between circuits of the 2ft gauge Fen Railway at Bressingham Steam & Gardens on 6th September 2017. Photo: John New.

Artist’s impression of the now under construction, new build, P2 class 2-8-2 locomotive, 2007 Prince of Wales. The image by Jonathan Clay was reproduced courtesy of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

An unidentified Class 37 stands at Ely Paper Mills, Cardiff, on 16 December 1967: Alan Jarvis

Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala 2017 – Former LMS ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 45305 making a vigorous departure from Loughborough with the 10:30 train to Leicester North; Sunday 29 January 2017. Brian Dotson

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – On loan from the Great Central Railway, former LMS ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0T 47406 pausing at Shottle station with 12:10 train from Duffield to Wirksworth; Sunday 6 August 2017.Brian Dotson

‘The Welsh Marches Express’ of Vintage Trains approaching Abergavenny behind ‘the Castle that thinks it is a King’, 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.  The train was the 09:30 off Tyseley to Tyseley via Birmingham Snow Hill, Worcester, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Walsall; 25 March 2017. Stephen Miles

'The Waverley', 10.27 Leeds - Carlisle with 60103 Flying Scotsman crossing the River South Tyne near Bardon Mill: Sunday 11 September 2016. Photo. John Irving.

Lyd 2-6-2T with four Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (LBR) coaches on a test run up to Woody Bay; 23 September 2016, the day before the LBR autumn gala.  Lyd is the replica Manning Wardle 2.6.2T borrowed from the Festiniog Railway.Photo David Knapman

6201 Princess Elizabeth departing Newbury with the ‘Cathedrals Express’ from London Victoria to Minehead – its inaugural run after overhaul; 23 August 2016.  Loco detached at Norton Fitzwarren, diesel haulage on the West Somerset Railway and again at Reading on return owing to a water issue at Ascot.Photo Ken Livermore.


Two Class 37s in top & tail mode, 37219 leading with the rear one in Inter City livery, passing Ashbury Crossing, east of Shrivenham on the Great Western main line from Paddington heading for Weymouth via Swindon & Bristol with a Network Rail train; 10 August 2016.Ken Mumford


World famous and recently restored A3 Pacific, 60103 Flying Scotsman, leaning round the curve at Cramlington, Northumberland; going north with ‘The Cathedrals Express’ on 14 May 2016. Ron Dobson

When I’m cleaning windows’. This seemed to be the regular practice at Prague Hlavni station with drivers carting buckets of water, sponges and squeegees! 23 June 2014. Stan Buck

Fresh from overhaul & sporting a SLS headboard,7802 Bradley Manor waits at Kidderminster station with 11:20 train for Bridgnorth at the ‘Manor 50’ event on the Severn Valley Railway; 14 November 2015.  Robert Darlaston.


Restored Castle Class locomotive, 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe settles into her stride as she approaches Mill Hill station, just west of Blackburn, on the returning ‘The Red Rose’ special.  The excursion originated at Tyseley, Birmingham and travelled to Blackburn via Crewe, Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield and Copy Pit – at the time thought to be the first Castle over Copy Pit for many years, if ever.  After just under two hours in Blackburn, the return leg ran via Farrington Curve and the West Coast Main Line; 16 April 2011. Ted Buckley


Restored Jubliee Class 4-6-0 45690 Leander in black livery powering through Brough with West Coast Railways ‘East Yorkshireman’ special (1Z54) from Preston to Bridlington (via Sheffield) train some three minutes early.Mike G. Fell

Chris Cubitt, loco driver and Vice Chairman of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, at Whitby with the headboard for the anniversary train, ‘The Whitby Moors Rail Tour’, which had originally been run in 1965 to mark the closure of lines in the area; 6 March 2015. Ian Armstrong

A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa - 2014 John Morris Photographic Competition winner with A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa heading through Blaydon towards Low Fell and the East Coast Main Line with 1Z69 train, 15.35 Carlisle to York. This 12 coach train was tailed by Class 47 diesel, 47237 and, although sporting a ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’ headboard, was forming the first part of the return leg of ‘The Hadrian’ rail tour to Kings Cross; Saturday 10 May 2014. Malcolm Snowball.

Mercedes Unimog with six skip wagons - Industrial land opposite Platform 1 at Fawdon, one of the stations with staggered platforms on the Airport branch of the Tyne & Wear Metro system, was used to store the thousands of tons of new ballast used in the relaying of the track between South Gosforth and Jesmond.  Stobart Rail track maintenance vehicles, such as this Mercedes Unimog with six skip wagons, ferried the waste ballast from the track lifting site to Fawdon and returned loaded with fresh bottom or top ballast as required.  Here, the first two vehicles in Works train 5 have been cleared of old ballast and have been refilled with new while the remaining four vehicles are waiting their turn to be unloaded and similarly loaded.  Further excavators, one of which is just visible on the extreme left, moved the ballast to and from huge heaps beyond the reach of the machines situated at the line side, which were used solely to unload spent ballast and load fresh into the skip wagons.  Another skip train with the motive power in the middle waits to the rear for the excavators’ attention. Having the prime mover centrally placed gave the drivers better visibility especially when operating in the vicinity of the relaying work; Friday 13 August 2013. Malcolm Snowball

Vale of Rheidol Railway locomotive No.8 Llywelyn at Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth with the 14.00 service to Devil's Bridge; 25 June 2014. The locomotive is coal fired and in the historic Great Western livery in which it was delivered to the railway in 1923. Brian Dotson.

Direct Rail Services Class 20s 20 305 and 20 303 lead the 15.15 Leeming Bar to Redmire service on its approach to Newton-le-Willows during the Wensleydale Railway Diesel Gala.  DB Schenker Class 60 60 091 was attached to the rear of the train to provide the power for the return journey; 19 July 2014.  Andrew Smith.

Class S160 2-8-0 2253 on the apron at Locomotion, Shildon for a photo shoot on Thursday 12 June 2014.  No. 2253 was built at the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, USA (Works No. 69496) in 1943 and shipped to the UK where it was allocated to Neville Hill depot, Leeds for a year before being sent to France in September 1944. Malcolm Paul

Spring on the Llangollen Railway – former WR 0-6-0PT 1638 arriving at Glyndyfrdwy station with 15.50 Llangollen to Carrog train (16.16) during the recent Croes Newydd (84J) Gala, 6 April 2013. Brian Dotson.

Duchess of Sutherland - The winning entry from the 2013 John Morris Photographic Competition of the Newcastle upon Tyne Centre - former LMS Princess Coronation Pacific 46233 Duchess of Sutherland on the ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’, 1Z89, 14.28 Carlisle – Euston, passing Low Baron Wood Farm, Armathwaite; 22 May 2013.  John Irving

Beyer-Garratt NG143 breasting the summit at Rhyd Ddu with 14.30 Caernarfon-Porthmadog train on the ‘Super-Power Weekend’ on the Welsh Highland Railway; 6 September 2013. Brian Dotson

A GBRF staff special from Doncaster to Edinburgh via the East Coast Main Line, top and tailed with Class 92 electrics – 92044 leading and 92010 at the rear – at Relly Mill, south of Durham; 6 July 2013. Andrew Smith.

‘The Ebor Streak’ – former LNER A4 Pacific 4464 Bittern rushing through Sandy on the East Coast Main Line with the first of the three high speed specials; 29 June 2013. Christopher Burton

Former Brush Type 4 (later Class 47) diesel electric locomotive D1501 at Ropley with the 10.50 train from Alton on which the SLS party arrived for a visit to the workshops of the Mid Hants Railway; 28 April 2013. Brian Dotson

First transPennine 3-car DMU set, 185 120 departing Windermere with the 14.00 train to Oxenholme. The unit to return to form the 14.58 service to Manchester Airport; 29 July 2011. Malcolm Snowball

John Morris Photographic Competition, 2012 Winning entry - former LNER K4 2-6-0 61994 The Great Marquess on ‘The Fellsman’ (1Z53), 15.34 Carlisle-Lancaster, approaching Ais Gill on the Settle & Carlisle line; 8 August 2012. John Irving

A Canadian National Railway freight entering Jasper from Yellow Head Pass. The tracks separate beyond the summit to Vancouver and Prince George, but on this side are operated as reversible signalled double track. The train was around 100 empty grain hoppers plus around a 100 empty coal or ore wagons. These two locomotives were the only motive power, no mid-train or end of train assistance as many trains here had, in both directions; 14 July 2012. Stan Buck

‘Black Fives’ 45407 and 44871 passing through Penybont near Llandrindod Wells with a southbound Railway Touring Company ‘Heart of Wales’ special train, 7 May 2012. Brian Dotson

Railfest 2012 – These locomotives may not have been in steam trundling up and down in the yard outside but they made for an impressive sight in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum, York during the event; 5 June 2012. Locomotives from left to right: a replica Rocket; GER J69/1 0-6-0T No.87; SECR Class D 4-4-0 737; GWR King Class 4-6-0 6000 King George V and part of SR Battle of Britain 4-6-2 34051 Winston Churchill on the turntable. Brian Dotson

Turning the clock back – Coal Tank 58926 with 'Super D' 49395 masquerading as 49121 re-enacting the famous SLS Special of 5 January 1958 over the steeply graded South Wales line from Abergavenny to Merthyr on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway; 10 February 2012. Robert Darlaston

A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado arriving at Levisham on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with the 14.30 Grosmont - Pickering service; 5 June 2011. Mike Richardson (Winner of the 2011 John Morris Photographic Competition of the Newcastle upon Tyne Centre)

Rear view of two Class 156 DMUs, 156496 and 156431, departing Girvan for Stranraer on 25 October 2009. This was one of three ‘down’ passenger trains timetabled to use the line on this October Sunday. The train had been delayed by engineering works near Paisley Gilmour Street. Malcolm Snowball

Preserved ‘Deltic’ 55022 Royal Scots Grey approaching Freemans Level Crossing with 20 empty PCA wagons (4 wheel bulk powder tanks) with the 6N32, 15.03 Alcan Aluminium Smelter, Lynemouth to Blyth North train; 19 April 2011. Malcolm Snowball.

‘Our’ locomotive, Freightliner’s Class 66 66957 Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009, heading a special engineer’s rail train 6Z28 from Eastleigh Yard to Hackney Yard (Newton Abbot). Note the 50mph limit on the up road. - John Vaughan

Orion at 100 - The Society’s 9½in gauge 4 cylinder Webb compound posing for photographs during its recent steaming at Locomotion, Shildon; 21 May 2011. Brian Dotson

4953 Pitchford Hall and 3717 City truro Westerns over the Alps – former GWR locomotives, 4953 Pitchford Hall and 3717 City truro arriving at Medstead & Four Marks with the second train of the day on the opening morning of the Great Spring Steam Gala of the Mid-Hants Railway, 25 March 2011. Ken Livermore

Stanier Pacific 6233 Duchess of Sutherland - Winning entry of the Newcastle upon Tyne Centre 2010 John Morris transparency Competition the locomotive is seen heading south past Howe & Co Sidings Signal Box, on the Settle & Carlisle line, with the ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’ on Saturday 7 July 2007. The train had left Liverpool steam hauled and headed north to Carlisle via Shap with the return via Ais Gill. Andrew Smith
BR Standard Class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester The star of the re-opening of the Cauldon Lowe branch of the old North Staffordshire Railway was former BR Standard Class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester. In the gathering gloom of the first day she waits at Kingsley & Froghall to depart for Cauldon Lowe with the 16.10 train. Photo taken by Brian Dotson.
Class 156 DMU 156 428 at Manchester Oxford Road with the 13.16 to Liverpool Lime Street, 1 September 2009 Photo taken by Malcolm Snowball.
Preserved LMS Pacific 6201 Princess Elizabeth passing Morpeth North Level Crossing on the East Coast Main Line with ‘The Great Britain III’ special on its way from Edinburgh to King’s Cross, 14 April 2010. Photo by Malcolm Snowball.

Restored former GWR 2-6-2T 5199, on loan from the Llangollen Railway, drifting out of Cheddleton Tunnel towards Leekbrook Junction on the Churnet Valley Railway with 15.25 ex Kingsley & Froghall train, 15 July 2009. Photo by Brian Dotson.

Princess Elizabeth - With Wild Boar Fell as a backdrop, LMS Pacific, 6201 Princess Elizabeth powers south on the climb to Ais Gill summit, 19 July 2003. Photo by Andrew Smith.  NB - This slide produced a second consecutive win for Andrew Smith in the John Morris transparency Competition held at the Newcastle upon Tyne Centre December 2009 meeting

Tornado - Newest steam locomotive, A1 Steam trust’s Tornado, in works gray livery, moves under its own steam at the Darlington Hopetown Works during 1-3 August 2008. Photo Martin Green.

Lord Nelson - Restored former Southern Railway 4-6-0 850 Lord Nelson hurrying through Sandling on a ‘Golden Arrow’ special on 16 June 2007.   Photo by Mike Dodd

Chinese electric - SS 5 002 - 25kV 50Hz electric locomotive plinthed in the Century Amusement Park, Zhengzhou, China in October 2005.  Taken by Chris West

Former GNR(I) VS 4-4-0 207 Boyne passing Dundalk on return excursion to Belfast, 26 May 1964. This was the last blue engine in service and was latterly used on these Tuesday and Thursday excursions. Photo by John G. Dewing

K1 2-6-0 62005 on the Three Dales rail tour of 12 May 2007 with SLS headboard. This tour marked the 40th anniversary of the tour organised by the SLS in 1967 with the same locomotive. Photo by Carl Gorse.

King and Tangmere - The front cover picture from the Nov/Dec 2007 Journal showed the unusual pairing of 6024 King Edward I and Battle of Britain 34067 Tangmere about to depart Bristol Temple Meads for Plymouth and Par on 24 August 2007. Photo by Jim Canham

The Earl and Countess ready to depart from Welshpool with the special train run over the W&LLR to recreate in preservation the SLS Special which was the last passenger train run over the line prior to the original closure. 29.10.06 © Brian Dotson

Ex-GWR -preserved King 4-6-0 6024 King Edward I at Bristol Temple Meads on 25 March 2006.  © Brian Lewis

Portuguese Railways (CP) 4-6-2 552 (Henschel 19881/1924) entering Monte Gordo on 12 September 1961. © Bruce Nathan

First week of midday Grand Central Sunderland to Kings Cross train passing the site of Hart station, just north of Hartlepool with 43084 leading on 5 March 2008. The track bed of the former Castle Eden branch can be seen on the left. Photo Martin Green

A4 Pacific 60019 Bittern near Lamesley, north end of the Tyne Yard, with a special from Kings Cross to Newcastle upon Tyne on 1 March 2008. Special steam hauled from York to Newcastle upon Tyne & back. Photo - Malcolm Snowball

Restored Merchant Navy Pacific 35028 Clan Line hurries through Pewsey with an 'Orient Express' (VSOE) on 28 May 2008. Ken Mumford

Locomotive Type Z 0-8-0+0-6-0T 3349 built by Kitson-Meyer, Leeds in 1909 on display at the Santiago Railway Museum, Quinta Park on 29 November 2008. Brian Dotson

Double header Carlisle - . In the evening light BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 76079 and LMS Class 5 4-6-0 45407 prepare for departure from Carlisle Citadel station with the southbound ‘Christmas Dalesman’ on Wednesday 21 December 2005. Andrew Smith

Members in front of Class 66 diesel 66957 after it had been named Stephenson Locomotive Society 1909-2009 at Locomotion, Shildon, County Durham on Monday 30 March 2009. Brian Dotson   Nameplate supplied by Newton Replicas

Direct Rail Services (DRS) Class 47 47712 Pride of Carlisle on display in the yard of Eastleigh Works as part of the Eastleigh 100 celebrations, 25 May 2009. Brian Dotson 

Preserved LMS ‘Black Five’ 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier at York with ‘The Scarborough Spa Express’, 23 July 2009. David Rodgers.

Tanfield Railway Gala Weekend, September 2008. Haydock Foundry built (1874) 0-6-0WT Bellerophon with three coaches and Furness Railway 0-6-0 20 on the other end of the train (not in picture) at Andrew’s House. Arriving from Sunniside is 1948 built Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn 0-4-0ST Sir Cecil A. Cochrane, 13 September 2008. Photo - Malcolm Snowball 

The ‘SLS Special’ with panniers 9600, sporting the original SLS headboard, and 9466, both impatiently blowing off steam as they wait for the signal at Kidderminster to rejoin the rail network for the return to Tyseley Warwick Road up the steeply graded Old Hill route, 14 November 2009. Brian Dotson

Pioneer Class 4-car DMU 222018 at Platform 2, Derby Midland station, with Voyager 222032 just in view at Platform 1 with 09.35 Newcastle upon Tyne – Bristol Temple Meads, 26 August 2008. Malcolm Snowbal

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Our 2018 Christmas Card: Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-4-0ST (Works No. 7705 built 1952) photographed at the Ely Paper Mills, Cardiff, on 16 January 1967. The locomotive has survived into preservation. Photographer: Alan Jarvis. SLS Ref = Alan Jarvis Collection AAJ4358.

Kamloops Heritage Railway ex CNR 208-0 2141 at Falkland, 11 June 2005. T.L. Vardy

LNWR coal tank on the KWVLR - The restored Coal Tank at Oxenhope after transporting supporters and specially invited guests on its first public steaming; 8 February 2012. Brian Dotson

LNER A4 Sir Nigel Gresley at Rugby Testing Station around its official opening on 19 October 1948 when A4 Sir Nigel Gresley was brought to the site to commemorate the part that Gresley had played in the agreement to construct the testing facility. No formal testing was done on the engine in the plant. The persons in the photograph are from left to right: John McCann, Tom Cadzow, Sid Cowley, Ray Morgan, Eric Taylor (Amsler rep), Denis Carling, Henry Hewison, Jim Jarvis (with hat), Robin Johnson and the LNER crew Fireman Heavens and Driver F. Moore. Photographer unknown Jim Jarvis Collection/SLS Library

Sample from list 24 (2925, St Martins' Hall, taken at Plymouth)

Croydon tram Link No 2537

The original LNWR locomotive Orion. (Copyright Ian Allen collection)

Close up of preserved L shaped plate rail and stone sleeper from Croydon Merstham & Godstone railway

View of preserved section of CM&G track showing track gauge

Commutative wall plaque Surrey Iron Railway, Wandsworth

Preserved locomotive Gladstone inside old York Railway Museum

Preserved locomotive Gladstone outside the modern NRM York.

Preserved Gladstone on NRM turntable.  (link repaired 21 Oct 2006)

A Eurostar near York forming an ECML White Rose service

The replicas of Iron Duke and Rocket together at the NRM, York

Preserved narrow gauge diesel shunter - Chalk Pits museum

Modern tram at Mitcham Junc on former Surrey Iron railway alignment.

M7 and Standard tank engines near Corfe Castle, Swanage Railway.

Class 442 Wessex Electric and "Slam door set" at Weymouth

2005 AGM weekend GWR 0-6-0T 1510 at Kidderminster (SVR)

2005 AGM weekend SLS Special Black 5 45110 at Kidderminster (SVR)

2005 AGM weekend. Orion raising steam at Colwall (Downs Railway)

2005 AGM Larger photograph of Orion at Colwall later in the day.

2005 photographic competition winners. (Colour a double headed South African freight train and mono Georgemas Junction)

Locomotive number 66957 arriving at Shildon for the naming ceremony on 30th March 2009.

NB The former gift scheme for new members has been withdrawn as it is incompatible with the legislative criteria required for membership of a Company Limited by Guarentee; however, the images previously used on the cards remain live.

Line art drawing of Black 5 No 45110 at Kidderminster

A Class 24 diesel on a snowy afternoon at Goathland.

A4 class locomotive No 60019 "Bittern" near Upwey on a down Dorset Coast Express.

King Arthur Class no 30777 "Sir Lamiel" leaving Weymouth on an up Dorset Coast Express.

New build A1 No 60163 "Tornado" leaving York on the inaugural special.

BR(W) Pannier tank No 1501 at rest at Kidderminster.

Ex LMS Princess No 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" passes Flaxton on "The Scarborough Flyer".

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News items

Inauguration of Michael Bailey as new President (York 9th May 2014)

Presentation of print to Andrew Dow as outgoing President (York 9th May 2014)

Handover of worksplates on loan to the SVR Engine House Museum 31 July 2010. From left to right the individuals are - David Mee - Curator, Highley Engine House; Dr Michael Bailey MBE, SLS and David Williams, Chairman, Severn Valley Railway. Date 31st July 2010. Photographer - M A Green

Midlands Centre members celebrate our centenary on the Severn Valley Railway (Includes Ex-GWR 0-6-0Pt No 7714 with headboard) - Date 30th May 2009.

Handover of the Class 87 electric loco nameplates to Locomotion Shildon. The date was 30 March 2009 and the people shown are right to left Alan Clothier (RST & SLS) Brian Lewis (Partly obscured - SLS Chairman) Phil Ball (For Locomotion)   See the Locomotives Associated with the SLS page for more about 87 101

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