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Welcome to BRDatabase! The purpose of this site is to bring together varied and disparate sources of data including books, webpages, magazines and personal records and present this data in a homogenous manner, allowing the user to search for data in context, i.e. not in just a 'dry' statistical manner. However, to achieve this 'grand' aim, I need your help! Data sources, anecdotes, photographs, trainspotting logs etc... will all be welcome. The more accurate the better.

There will be errors, so please bear with me and either report the error by using the helpdesk page.

A word of thanks too, for all the kind words, contributions, suggestions, support and donations I have received over the years. I started the site partly for my own pleasure but it has clearly become quite important to a number of enthusiasts & researchers. I have no plans to shut it down at all; quite the contrary, I have much planned for the future!



I have recently been experiencing a number of cyberattacks on BRDatabase, usually in the form of 'sql injections'. I am fire-fighting these attacks, making the site tougher and more resilient to these unwelcome visitors (usually from Ukraine, Russia and the USA) - no personal details are at threat (because there aren't any) and I will have soon plugged any such attempts by blocking ip addresses and pre-checking queries to eliminate such incursions. As such, there may, from time to time, be errors and outages but these should only last for a few minutes or so, so I would welcome patience during this time. Thanks.

Finding Data

The easiest way to find data is to type it in the 'Quick Search' box on the left: the box will accept locomotive numbers, locomotive names, shed names/codes, scrapyards, builders, works and even CME's. If you enter '1' in the box, you will get a lot of matches, so if you are looking for locomotive number 1 (e.g. D1 'Scafell Pike', or LMS Fowler 2-6-2T No 1) put a hash (#) after the criteria, e.g. 1#. Furthermore, specifying S1# will only return Steam locos (also works for Diesel and Electrics too).

A big thank you to any photographers whose material appears here - permission was sought and received. Links to photographic collections are under each image used.

Running Costs

If you find this site useful, maybe you would be interested in helping with the running costs. Any donations to help me with the upkeep of this site will be gratefully received! I have introduced a tiny amount of advertising but it doesn't cover the costs and I don't want to cover the site with adverts!

A big thank you to those who have made a donation - much appreciated!!!

All the best, Ian

Last update was: 2013-02-04 16:54:12