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How to join (Page last updated 3 December 2021)

The SLS is one of the leading interest groups in the railway operation study sector. The SLS offers railway enthusiasts, researchers, transport historians and model makers a complete package. We publish a regular JournalOur area centres hold meetings from Autumn to Spring with quality speakers on a broad range of subjects; in addition on line talks via Zoom are regularly scheduled. Additional one-off visits, trips and meetings are also arranged. Link to more information about the "Members Only" services.

The library has an extensive collection of quality books, maps, timetables, magazines, manufacturer's catalogues and other railway related historical documentation covering most topics. Joining the SLS will allow you to access the library loan system (See library page for current status). 

More information about the Society

The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) was founded in 1909. The SLS is the premier society for the study of railways and locomotion. It has an extensive library; publishes books, the SLS Journal and items from its photographic and drawings collection; organises meetings and events (including by Zoom) and has its own archive material in museums; custodian of 1/6 scale LNWR built locomotive Orion.

Is SLS membership restricted to UK residents? - No

Although events and meetings currently are UK based the Society's interests and publications cover railways outside the UK.  The Journal content includes non-UK subject material and the Library catalogue contains many items of interest to those researching non-UK topics. The section in railroads in North America, for example, is particularly comprehensive.

Our fantastic value new member deals apply to ALL first time members

Our membership offers (For completely new members)

We also offer a "Family membership" at £20 per person - available to members at the same address and only requiring a single Journal to their address.

To apply for a new membership - Please click the link to the application form then print, complete and send with your cheque to the SLS Membership Secretary*,

Geoffrey S. Casey (SLS),
31 Parkwood Crescent,
GL3 3JH.
United Kingdom

* Also contact the Membership Secretary ( slsmembership@stephensonloco.org.uk ) if you wish to make a subscription renewal as a gift to an existing member.

NB The former gift scheme for new members has been withdrawn as it is incompatible with the legislative criteria required for membership of a Company Limited by Guarantee.

(Section updated 12th January 2024)

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