Alistair has also produced for sale to enthusiasts a Microsoft Access Database which records details of mainly British built steam, diesel, petrol and electric railway locomotives, multiple units and railcars.
COMBINED RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVE DATABASE
A comprehensive Microsoft Access Database File on a single DVD, incorporating the following four distinctly separate databases.
1. British Built Steam and Petrol Locomotive Database: Records British built main-line steam locomotive classes which formed part of British Railways stock on or after 1948 or engines which had already been preserved prior to that year. It also records British built industrial locomotives and many main-line locomotives which were used overseas, many of which still exist or are preserved, replica locomotives, Irish locomotives and a small number of locomotives which were built overseas but operated on the British network or abroad for the War Department. Known preserved locomotives of 1ft 3in gauge and greater falling within those descriptions are all individually recorded. Miniature gauge locomotives are not covered.
2. British Built Diesel and Electric Locomotive Database: Records British built main-line diesel, petrol and electric powered locomotives and shunter classes which were operated by British Railways or the earlier pre-nationalisation companies. It also lists newer classes, including overseas built locomotives currently in operation on the
3. British Built Diesel and Electric Railcar, Multiple Unit and Fixed Formation Train Database: Records British built mainline diesel and electric powered railcars, multiple units and fixed formation train classes which were operated by British Railways and the earlier pre-nationalisation companies. It also records the newer classes, including overseas built locomotives currently in operation on the
4. British Built Industrial, Commercial and Military Diesel, Petrol, Electric Locomotives and Shunters: Records preserved British and overseas built diesel, petrol and electric powered locomotives and shunters which were privately operated for industrial, mining or War Department / MoD use or which have been built for and operated by privately run preserved railways. All known preserved locomotives and shunters of 1ft 3in gauge and greater falling within that description are individually recorded, but units which are still in commercial use are generally not recorded, unless previously preserved.
The Combined Railway Locomotive Database is a really useful tool to enable railway enthusiasts with some knowledge of Microsoft Access database software to record their spotting notes and attach their own photographs of preserved locomotives and units to create their own personalised database. It has been compiled from numerous sources including books, magazines and web-sites to provide a single source of information on the various types and classes of locomotive. However, it can be tailored and extended with new records and details to suit personal requirements and can be updated with the current locations, statuses and owners of preserved engines.