welcome to information about UK & Irish railway engines and stock. Included is information on all known preserved,
private and hired locos, the main industrial locos which are readily accessible to the public, some British locos abroad and all known
stock (DMUs, EMUs, coaches, wagons and plant). Excluded are mainline locos, coaches and units as they are not based at specific
locations and there are many other sources of information about them. Class 08/09s are included because they are heritage
locos and so many private shunters operate on the national railway network that trying to categorise and differentiate
private and leased locos from mainline shunters has proved impossible. Shunters also spend some time at the same location,
so it helps to keep records accurate!
For current mainline locos, units or stock, you could also try
Where information is available,
individual records contains brief notes on the history of ownership, latest livery and recent sightings. The information should be a useful aid whether you're
interested in heritage or popular industrial railway motive power, whether you visit railway museums and 'preserved' lines or
you just enjoy UK railway operations and want to know what that old coach or wagon was in the field you just passed.
There are also around 500 UK web-sites
in the Links on the left, which include not just all gauges of loco, coach, DMU and EMU, but also railway operators, film sales outlets and
related sites with other general information.
To access the information, we have a simple & flexible search facility to answer questions like
"what can I expect to see there?" and "where is this or that engine, carriage or wagon?"
and you can produce lists by location or the individual loco record etc, anything you probably want really.
About The Database & Search Facility :
A full explanation of how to operate the search facility is given with the search panel, but
searches can be made on the field(s) of your choice (Location, Builder, Works Number etc). You can use
whole, or part words and produce a list of stock from which a selected record may be obtained, which may include a current
picture as well, if one has been found.
This also means that you can obtain:
- lists of
items at a particular location so as to identify them before, or while you are there and
of locos from a particular manufacturer etc.
Best thing is to give it a go as it stands and see what comes up, narrowing your search, if required, by
the buttons provided. If the loco or unit you want isn't shown, try looking at the Scrapped section just in case! Records are kept
here to ensure that items aren't missed, to maintain visibility and just for information to ensure that it is still there in case a loco does
return from the scrap yard. Further information will be added to the database, but much information
is already there so just take the plunge, give it a go.
Be aware that some locos are located at very personal and
private locations so do contact the owners before visiting and
do respect the fact that you may
still be refused access! Do NOT trespass on private property!