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Why join or buy a gift membership? (Page last updated 24 August 2018)

As the leading interest group in the railway operation study sector the SLS offers railway enthusiasts, researchers, transport historians and model makers a complete package. We publish a regular Journal.  Our area centres hold meetings from Autumn to Spring with quality speakers on a broad range of subjects. Additional one-off visits, trips and meetings are also arranged.

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.  If you cannot reach the Library in person the catalogue is available on-line and a postal loan system is in place. We also have a members only web forum for exchange of information on railway related subjects.

More information about the Society

The Stephenson Locomotive Society, founded in 1909, is the premier society for the study of railways and locomotion. It has an extensive library; publishes books, the S.L.S. Journal and items from its photographic and drawings collection; organises local meetings and events has its own archive material in museums; Custodian of 1/6 scale LNWR built locomotive Orion. (More information about active involvement with Orion below)

Is SLS membership restricted to UK residents?

No, although events and meetings currently are UK based. However the Society's interests and publications do 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.

Link to more information about the "Members Only" services.

Our fantastic value new member savings deal applies to ALL first time members

Full year - £10.00 for full year (Normal full year £25.00) (For our current deals on Family and Junior categories see either the Application form (Traditional postal option) or the On-line membership page

The membership commences on 1st January in each year. A standard renewal fee (Currently £25.00) is then due in the January following. This offer provides 6 Journals through the year and a new recruit will receive any back number Journals.

Buying a Gift Membership as a present makes their day last a year and is tremendous value - whether for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, retirement - make their day last a year with a gift that keeps on giving! , We have seven different images available for your selection of Gift membership cards as below. (The thumbnails open a larger version of the image)

Although the reduced fee aspect of the gift membership scheme outlined below is solely for completely new members if you wish to give a subscription renewal for an existing member as a gift the card element of the scheme is, of course, still applicable. In this instance email the Promotions Officer at publicity@stephensonloco.org.uk for further details. Link to details about actively supporting Orion

(Note - The Gift cards shown are the master YYYY versions - new issues will of course be endorsed for the appropriate year when ordered. Alternative bespoke text/images on request)

Image 1

(Black 5)

Image 2 (Class 24)
Image 3 (Bittern)
Image 4 (Sir Lamiel)
Image 5 (Tornado)
Image 6 (1501)

Image 7



Card stock details

Finished cards are folded to A5 size.

Card 1 will be printed on heavy weight art card, cards 2 through 7 will be printed on 240gsm glossy photo' paper.

To order the following process applies:-