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Rail UK - British Railways 1823 - 2013

Class A1 60124 Kenilworth at Darlington Shed 1965 Hughes Crab 2-6-0 42737 at Ayr Shed 1965 Hunt Class D49/2 at York Station Brush Type 4 D1579 and Schoolboy at Darlington Station 1965 BRCW Type 2 D5379 at Thornaby Shed 1965 BR Type 2 D5081 at Carlisle Station 1965 Trainspotters at St Pancras Station

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Trainspotting Photo Album

  • Trainspotting in the 1950s and 1960s and what we Used to Wear
    This article gives an insight into how trainspotting became a national pastime for most boys in the 1950s and 1960s and enhances this with a series of photographs of trainspotters covering the period 1946-1968 which shows the changes in fashion in what 'spotters' wore in that period. In fact, this is actually an interesting insight into the change in fashions in general. Let's face it, the late 50s/early 60s was a drab time. Most of life was lived in shades of black, grey, beige & brown although things were starting to change and did so quite dramatically over the next couple of years........

Unidentified Loco - Can you Help?

GWR Class 5643 at Barry Scrapyard

Does anyone know which loco this is? GWR Class 5643 taken in the top yard at Barry, Woodham Brothers scrapyard on 16th August 1966

Now identified as GWR Class 5600 0-6-2T No. 5643

PC Tops

PC Tops the original PC based database system for keeping track of loco, unit, coach and wagon numbers, along with the ability to record sightings has now been resurrected as on-line web based system and due to completely go live at the end of April.

First produced for use with MS DOS using 5 and 3 floppy disks in 1988, it progressed through various stages to Windows 3.1/Windows XP 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 over these years while other similar systems came and went.

Free data conversion of all sightings data for existing users who have the PC TOPS desktop application

Register and try the system for free, now until further notice!

50 years Ago

June 1963: The first Bulleid Pacifics were withdrawn along with a further two Coronation Class Pacifics.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.