Rail UK has the perfect solution for you with it's on-line database system for keeping track of loco, unit, coach and steam loco numbers, along with the ability to record sightings and haulage details. The systems on-line reports allow you to see what you have seen or not seen and a report showing all numbers with seen number underlined; just like the old ABC books. All reports can be downloaded in csv or txt, which allows you to manipulate the report in Excel, Word or equivalent programs. Print off a list of what numbers you need and carry it around with you.Formerly called, PC Tops this original PC based database system was first produced for use with floppy disks in 1988, it progressed through various stages of Windows using hard disks, to this latest internet based system. Over the past 20 years, the original system has been purchased by over 2,500 users, maintaining its position as the market leader. Free data conversion of all sightings data is avaliable for existing users who have the PC TOPS desktop application
June 1963: The first Bulleid Pacifics were withdrawn along with a further two Coronation Class Pacifics. Kings Cross shed was closed, then Crewe Gresty Lane, Hellifield and Carlisle Canal sheds were closed on June 17th, 50 years ago today! Carlisle Canal was my local shed, living within 10 minutes walk.
I have fond poignant memories of seeing 'Scotts', Glens' and other varied North British locos there, along with the infamous four Canal A3s that were so elusive on the East Coast main line. In later years, A4s were also to become a common sight; one Sunday there were three on shed.
I have created a photo gallery of Carlisle Canal Shed through the years for users to peruse. Also new on the site, is a 'Timeline' section which contains railway information for particular years and months e.g.; June 1963 can be found here.
Southern Steam LSWR Class T3 12 August
Southern Steam LSWR Class T6 15 August
Southern Steam SR Class S15 12 Nov
LMS Steam Ivatt 2-6-2T 14 Jan
Loco Sighting CSV Download 26 May 2014
Unit Sighting CSV Download 26 May 2014
Coach Sighting CSV Download 26 May 2014
Haulage CSV Download 26 May 2014
Photo Gallery Update 2 Jan 2015
Southern Steam SECR Class L 2 Jan 2015