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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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After years of funding delays Newcastle’s £200m Stephenson Quarter development now looks set to welcome its first tenants by the summer of 2015.


The 10-acre site behind Newcastle Central Station — named after the Robert Stephenson train making works which occupied the land — was granted planning permission in 2008 as part of a unique buy-back deal with Newcastle City Council. The authority purchased the site for £10m and allowed Silverlink to purchase plots at market price as and when it was ready, making it easier to finance the development.

Work stopped when Silverlink failed to secure funding during the financial crisis, but restarted last spring with backing from Aviva and Royal Bank of Scotland. Phase one of the development includes a four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel and conference centre and 35,000sq ft of Grade A office space. There will also be a 357-space multi-storey car park and an innovative sedum green roof.

Michelle Percy is a director of Silverlink Holdings.

“The city’s commitment demonstrates our shared confidence that this exciting, strategic development will deliver jobs and wealth and establish a vibrant, engaging new quarter to the city in the coming years, complementing and reinforcing Newcastle’s position as a key European destination,” she said.

The rest of the work is expected to be completed by 2019 and will add more offices, a boutique hotel, residential apartments and retail units. At least 325 jobs will be created during construction stage with 2,200 permanent posts when the project is completed.

The development will also restore some significant heritage buildings, including the offices at 20 South Street, where Robert Stephenson’s engineering works produced locomotives for the first railways in the 1820s.

Sunderland-based engineering consultancy Desco has provided the mechanical and electrical designs for the development, with the building work carried out by Miller Construction.

“Because of the nature of the location, contours in the ground and current restrictions to the site, the project has been a challenge but one which is proving incredibly rewarding as we’re starting to see the development take shape and move forward at a rapid pace,” explained Desco director George Gifford.

“We are all excited by the potential the Stephenson Quarter has to transform the area connecting Newcastle’s Quayside with the Central Gateway Project and the city centre by creating thriving residential, working and cultural areas and supporting the growth of the regional economy,” he added.

Coming at a time when there is growing demand for prime commercial office space on Tyneside, and Newcastle in particular, Gifford described the project as one of the biggest moves forward in the city’s history. Its biggest selling point, however, was undoubtedly its green credentials.

“Sustainable design is a vital element to the Stephenson Quarter project. We’re working within ever tighter regulations on the use of energy within buildings, we have to streamline processes to a higher degree than ever before, and we always aspire to provide our clients with an energy-saving, cost effective design that maximises sustainable, green options,” said Gifford.

Silverlink is also responsible for a second major Newcastle regeneration project. Its Trinity Gardens development on the Quayside contains 200,000sq ft of office accommodation, a hotel, restaurants, and more than 50 luxury apartments.




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