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FRIENDS OF THE MAINLINE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION




MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

The Steam Locomotive Operators Association was formed in 1975 to bring together steam locomotive owners and groups who wished to run on the main line. In 1996, SLOA changed its name to the Mainline Steam Locomotive Operators Ltd and still continues to represent its members on issues relating to main line running.

Friends of MSLO has been formed so that enthusiasts and all interested partiescan, as members, obtain as much information as possible on what is happeningwith Heritage Traction on the main line. This includesdetails of any tours, both public and private charters, news of locomotive and rolling stock for main line steam and diesel specials, booking forms etc.

Subscription to Friends of MSLO is £10 per year, January to December (sorry, no reductions for part year membership) and includes a membership card, periodic Newsletters containing news and programme details, along with a Lineside Timing telephone information line. This recorded ‘hot line’ gives out details of steam train timings (when known) on the current tour programme and other general information on main line steam.

If you are interested in keeping up to date with the activities of MSLO, you are invited to apply for membership by writing to the Membership Secretary. Please enclose your remittance (cheques/PO being made payable to FMSLO) and forward to the membership secretary, address as follows,


Membership Secretary (FMSLO)
30 Whittington House
Hobs Road
LICHFIELD
Staffs
WS13 6TB
Email: Richard@Dodd30.freeserve.co.uk



FMSLO TELEPHONE HOT LINE

On this phone line, you will find details of tours, information about main line steam specials and LINESIDE TIMINGS. With regard to the latter, all information will be issued in good faith and will be correct as far as FMSLO is aware at the time the message was recorded. Every reasonable effort will be made by all tour operators to make sure they operate in accordance with timings issued. However, many factors can affect the running of tours and FMSLO cannot accept responsibility for early or late running, changes imposed at short notice and not issued to us, or curtailment of a tour as a result of circumstances outside our or their control. We therefore cannot guarantee to obtain timings for all tours but will try our very best. MEMBERS ARE ONLY ACCEPTED ON THE CONDITION THAT TIMINGS AND OTHER INFORMATION WILL BE SUPPLIED AS AND WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION.

A new digital system was introduced towards the end of 1999 and this has the advantage to callers of being able to hear the start of a message from the beginning, every time. There will no longer be any holding‘ whilst the tape rewinds etc. or having to listen to a message partway through. Your only problem would be if all the lines were in use. In this case, you will hear the standard engaged‘ tone. Put the phone down and ring again. There is no stacking‘ or queuing facility! Remember, you only pay for the call at standard telephone provider rates (depending on the time of day that you ring etc.) We DO NOT charge anything additional for this service, as do some other telephone premium rate‘ lines!

Should any timings come to us regarding special moves, e.g. light engines or test runs, we will put these on the timings phone line. It is most rare for us to get this information as it can change date and time without notice. Members are advised that we may not receive timings (if available that is) until the very last thing, and you should check the phone line right up to the day of departure. At other times, General Information about steam tours will be given.



NEWSLETTERS

Newsletters and other information will be issued periodically throughout the year. Items for the Newsletter should be forwarded to our Editorial Address as shown below.

The Newsletters will contain a Steam Programme listing which you should use in conjunction with our Telephone Hot Line. Articles and photographs are most welcome and should be sent to the editorial address. Articles should, preferably, be typed although legible hand-written submissions are welcome. If a word processor is used you may send articles on disk as we can read almost any Windows based system. We do not chase members for information or photographs. It is up to you to support the Newsletters!



PHOTOGRAPHS

Black and white prints and colour prints are both acceptable. Colour slides are also acceptable, but we can only accept duplicate slides (not originals) as we cannot be held responsible for any damage caused.

Normally all photographs/slides are kept on file for possible use in future issues of the Newsletter etc. Some photographs may be passed on to tour promoters for their brochures as a way of publicising steam on the main line. The copyright will always remain with the photographer. You are asked to record full details of your photograph on the rear of each print, along with your name. If you require your material back, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the return of these items.



FAX LINE 01543 450714

This has been introduced to RECEIVE information from members. Such items as timings, press releases, brochures for tours, locomotive notes, gossip etc. can be sent through by FAX. We will pass on, via the phone line, any relevant information that we think would interest members.

Please note this service is for receiving information and NOT for sending it out to members.



FINE ART PRINTS

We operate a service of supplying Fine Art Limited Edition prints by artists such as David Shepherd, Don Breckon, Terence Cuneo and not just of trains. In the case of the work of David Shepherd, his wildlife prints sell out well before the paint is dry on the canvas! If you are interested in any fine art prints by the above artists, please write to the Editorial Address listed below with your requirements and we will see if it is available/obtainable for you. Regretfully, we do not have copies of catalogues of all prints available.



USEFUL ADDRESSES

To FAX us with information:- 01543 450714

All Membership Enquiries to:-

The Membership Secretary
FMSLO
30 Whittington House
Hobs Road
LICHFIELD
Staffs
WS13 6TB
Email: Richard@Dodd30.freeserve.co.uk

For all other enquiries, Editorial and Fine Art Prints:

FMSLO
16 Pool Avenue
Norton Canes
CANNOCK
Staffs
WS11 3QD


FMSLO, August 2000
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