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Issue Date: 11/12/2009
Issue Name: 100th Anniversary of the Stephenson Locomotive Society
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) was founded in 1909 and is the leading organisation for the study of railways and railway locomotion. The SLS was instrumental in preserving the ex-LBSCR locomotive Gladstone for preservation. In 1959, when the Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee , SLS donated Gladstone to the British Transport Commission, the predecessor of the National Railway Museum. It organises events around the country and has one of the finest archives of railway history in the world. It is also believed to be the world's largest railway society.
This stunning cover marks the 100th anniversary of the world's oldest and largest railway society: The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS). It features Gladstone, the first locomotive to be preserved by a private organisation - the SLS. It carries one of three stamps taken from our special Buckingham SLS stamp sheet and is postmarked 100 years to the day since the Society came into being, and is illustrated by the great railway artist, John Wigston GRA, with an official SLS logo postmark, at Darlington in honour of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, founded by George Stephenson.
The Stephenson Locomotive Society
The Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) was founded in 1909 for the study of locomotives and has attracted as members professional locomotive engineers such as William Stanier, Oliver Bullied and Andre Chapelon.
The Society, always forward thinking, led the way in railway preservation by saving the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway locomotive No.214 Gladstone in 1927. It was the first time a private organisation had preserved a locomotive. In 1959 the Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee and donated Gladstone to the British Transport Comission, the predecessor of the National Railway Museum. The SLS are custodians of the one sixth scale historic miniature steam locomotive Orion built at Crewe in 1902 and based on London and North Western Railway Webb compound designs. The Society returned it to steam in 2005.
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