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This image in the pocession of Les Turnbull may have come from the Turners photographic collection. Thanks acknowleded to owners.


There are a number of items of interest in the photograph probably taken in 1858.  It is Newcastle Central Station with the Kiosk locomotive 1181, built by RSand Co with coachwork by John Cruce. It is proceeded by another Loco bound for Egypt? the building on the right is the Ncl Carlise Engine Shed. The building just below the Lantern Tower of St Nicholas (then a Parish church until 1882 when it became catherdral) is the Yk,Ncl Berwick engine shed. But what are the two wheels on the building behind the shed? are they part of lifting gear used to get locos from the stephenson Works onto the railway tracks at Central station? It must be remembered that direct rail access from the Works to the station were not constructed until later.

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The Stephenson Phenomenon....... SLS event. Friday 9 May, National Railway Museum, York (Added 17 February 2014)

Inauguration of the new SLS President & The Stephenson Phenomenon: 200 Years On

To mark the start of Dr Michael Bailey’s tenure of office a day of celebration of the SLS and the bi-centenary of George Stephenson’s first locomotive is taking place at the National Railway Museum, York on Friday 9 May 2014 commencing at 11.45.

The Chairman will open proceedings at 12 noon and after a short hand-over ceremony, lunch will be taken c 12.30. Then at 13.45 members and guests will make their way to the ‘Evening Star’ theatre for a series of 30 minute seminars, each with 10 minute question and answer sessions. There will be a refreshment break during these seminars and the whole event will close by 17.25. Details of the seminars are shown below.

The NRM are also planning to have a selection of their Stephenson memorabilia available for viewing in Search during the event period.



Members and guests assemble by the side of Gladstone in the Peter Allen building, a short distance from the museum’s main entrance.

12 noon – 12.30

Inauguration of the President

Welcome to guests and members – Bob Bemand, SLS Chairman.

Early Years of the SLS – Andrew Dow, SLS Past President

Formal ‘hand-over’ of ‘badge of office’

The SLS in More Recent Times – Dr Michael Bailey, SLS President

12.30 – 13.45


The Stephenson Phenomenon: 200 Years On

14.00 – 14.45

Why Displace the Horse? – John New

14.50 – 15.30

The Development of Railway Track up to 1835 – Andrew Dow

15.30 – 16.00

Break for Refreshments

16.00 – 16.40

George Stephenson’s Earliest Locomotives – Dr Michael Bailey

16.45 – 17.25

George Stephenson’s Rope-Hauled Railways – Colin Mountford

Non-members are welcome (subject to space) - advance booking essential. as places are limited. Cost - Seminar - Free to members and the public (Refreshments extra). For further information and to reserve a place contact John New (SLS Publicity Officer)

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Brunel (right) shortly before his death on 15th September 1859, aged 53. An unrecognisable Stephenson (left) followed him on the 12th October, aged 55.



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