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  Note: Wkm trolleys are included, on-track-plant will be included soon!.





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      Search on:       Existing Stock      or    Scrapped Stock

 Order results by:    County & Location     Builder & Works Number     Gauge     Year Built



  If you don't find, or aren't sure what you are looking for, try the Wildcard Search below first. It will search for your criteria on ALL

fields, then you can submit specific information, such as 'Location' and/or 'Type', into the search box above for a shorter list.

     Extant Locos & Units    Scrapped Locos & Units

Results of the 'Wild Card' search will appear here in order, but you must first insert your Criteria!!


Type is rail vehicle type ie. :


Broad Gauge Locos

1 - Steam Locomotive
1d - Diesel / Petrol Locomotive
1e - Battery / Electric Locomotive

Standard Gauge (SG) Locos
2 - Steam Locomotive
2d - Diesel Locomotive
2e - Electric Locomotive

2m - Miscellaneous (Air etc.)

Narrow Gauge (NG) Locos
3 - Steam Locomotive
3d - Diesel / Petrol Locomotive
3e - Battery / Electric Locomotive
3m - Miscellaneous (Air etc.)

Broad Gauge Stock
4 - Steam Powered
4d - Diesel Powered
4e - Electric Powered

Standard Gauge Stock
5 - Steam Powered
5d - Diesel Powered
5e - Electric Powered

Narrow Gauge Stock
6 - Steam Light Rail Cars ( None)
6d -Diesel Light Rail Cars
6e - Electric Light Rail Cars

Tube Stock
7 - Tube Stock (All)


Standard Gauge Plant
8 - Rail Cranes ( None at present )
8a - Track Machines / Regulators
8b - Small Plant / Trolleys
8c - Miscellaneous Plant


Narrow Gauge Plant
9 - Rail Cranes ( None at present)
9a - Track Machines / Regulators
9b - Small Plant / Trolleys
9c - Miscellaneous Plant


General Information:

You don't need to put whole words into the search criteria, but beware of over shortening, eg Drewry will pick up Baguley/Drewry and Drewry/Vulcan, 700 will pick up 70013 and 9700, the name prince will match on both Black Prince and Princess etc.  

Wheels - Arrangement, Power & Transmission:  A Whyte system is used for all locos e.g. 0-6-0DH for a diesel engine with hydraulic transmission, 0-4-0T for a steam tank engine etc. Mainline diesels are in the continental form such as Bo-Bo. A quick search on the field will show the general form used, though the type of cylinders (OC or IC) is not yet up-to-date.

Gauge:  Generally only locomotives above 15 inch gauge are available for search and if you want to search on gauge, type in the actual gauge (eg 1ft 3in or 4ft 81/2 in) but remember that there are too many standard gauge locos to give the search any value. Abbreviations for feet (') and inches (") must not be used as it will produce an error report.

TOPS Number: This is usually the original TOPS number that BR gave to it's diesel locos and by which they are generally known.

Map Reference: Map References are in the format of two letters followed by a space then six figures eg SK 123456. It is often enough just to use the letters with the first, or first and second numbers in your search.

Location: This field is the quite problematical, with locos moving between sites for overhaul, rail tours, loan, hire etc. If you want to locate a particular loco prior to a visit, take note of the Comments and do contact the site to confirm current whereabouts if it's particularly important.
Be very aware that the location given for a locomotive is no guide to ownership, nor to where it's normally based e.g. Harry Needle's locos could be stored somewhere, preserved somewhere else or on hire (or being serviced) at public, private or industrial locations.

County: Counties outside England like Ayrshire are written with the Country first eg. Scotland Ayrshire, Ireland Cork etc.

Once the list of records has been returned, additional fields of information can be made available in tabular form, more suitable for printing, by clicking on the Builder field.

If you are sending in an update for a locomotive, please try and refer to it by Builder and Works Number. A locomotive number is satisfactory for ex-BR locos however, because it's generally a unique number. No.1 for an industrial loco is most unhelpful, though a location will help a little!


Every effort is made to keep this database of live steam, diesel and electric locos and stock up-to-date, but there can be no guarantee that records are 100% accurate since locos frequently move around for overhaul, loan and hire.