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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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