Stephenson Locomotive Society library re-opens

16 June 2023
Relocation complete, one of the most significant collections of books, publications, official documents, timetables, works lists and photographs now welcomes visitors.

The Stephenson Locomotive Society has relocated its library to Redland, Bristol. The collection forms one of the foremost, possibly even the largest, private library collection of railway reference material, with many unique items. Covering both UK and overseas subjects it is easily accessible by both road and rail.

Society Chairman Brian Dotson states: “Our Library is one of the jewels in the crown of railway heritage conservation. This reopening enables our fantastic and unrivalled collection to once again be accessible to railway enthusiasts and historians. With the assistance of digital communication, the doors are open to potential readers worldwide.”

Formally opened by Dr. Michael Bailey, the Society’s President, speaking to members and guests he commended the considerable work undertaken to search for new premises and the relocation of the 1000’s of items which had been held in store following the closure of the previous library in Surrey.

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The Stephenson Locomotive Society added: "Whether your interest in railways covers model-making or solely the prototype scene, UK or worldwide, the library collection will have something to aid your research."

Find out more about the SLS by visiting its website.  

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