Friday, 5 January 2018

Now with added 1990.

"More regular posts to follow."

As promised last time, The RailGenArchive as now expanded it's coverage to include 1990. Further expansion of coverage to include other years will follow shortly.

As well as the ongoing site updates, work to the loco search code is progressing well. We intend listings for each loco to include gen under each number that that particular loco carried. This will prove useful once we start adding gen from the years before 1975 when services carried headcodes and locos had pre-TOPS numbers. We need to gather and archive this old gen together before it gets lost forever?

With your help, we will continue to grow the site. Please get in touch via the RailGenArchive contacts form or the contact form on this page with any additional gen or corrections to what we have already.

Many thanks for all your help and support so far. The RailGenArchive team.



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Saturday, 23 December 2017

The RailGenArchive is one year old today

"Happy Christmas from the RailGenArchive team!"

The RailGenArchive is now 1 year old! The site as continued to grow throughout the year and there are now over 300,000 workings on the site, with all classes featuring without any personal bias. Not only as the site grown but the quality of the data shown as also vastly improved, with many duplicate records removed, conflicting records resolved and many mistakes either removed or corrected.

You may also have noticed over recent week back, that we made an number of changes to the site, which we feel improves both the way the RailGenArchive both works and looks. Drop down menu's have replaced the old Timewarp style static menu's while date and loco number recognition has been improved too. At the same time, we made changes to the site code to easily enable the site to adapt, allowing us to include years beyond the initial 1975-1989 time period that Timewarp covered. Indeed, due to a glitch in the new site code, a few of you may have seen a sneak preview of the new 1990 data. By the time you read these notes, our 1990 data will have been officially revealed.

With your help, we will continue to grow the site, and a further expansion of years covered will appear as time allows. Please get in touch via the RailGenArchive contacts form, by email, of via the comments box lower down this page with any additional gen or corrections to what we have already.

Many thanks for all your help and support so far. The RailGenArchive team.



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Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Rare Posting

"The site can only be as good as the gen we receive."

Being a founder member of the The Rail Gen Archive Group and playing a part in the constant updating of the Railgenarchive it is this major project that is currently taking up all my time, so this blog continues to be neglected.

I'm probably spending a minimum of 20 hours on this project each week and sometimes maybe twice that. Unlike some websites that lift their data from anywhere, gen used by the Railgenarchive is supplied to us, ideally, from the records made by you. All gen used by us is traceable back to source. Many records are traceable back to multiple observers. However our site is still subject human error and we have many reports that conflict and we are correcting and revising things all of the time. As well processing new gen and suggested corrections received, we are cross referencing gen against The Rail Gen Archive Group members websites past and present. Once I've finnished cross-checking the Railgenarchive against our old 1980's Timewarp records then these blog posts should pick up in pace, but there is still much to do.

If you can add anything to the Railgenarchive or can spot any errors, please contact us with details via our Contact page where you will find a contact form and email address or you can use the comment form on this blog if you prefer.

At the time of writing these notes, there are 278650 records on the Railgenarchive site and our mailbox is freshly emptied, all gen processed. So far, since the site went live late last December, mails have been processed and acknowledged (where contact details have been left) with a short mail within a couple of weeks or so.



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Sunday, 2 April 2017

RailGenArchive

"The website formally known as : 1980's Timewarp"

Well, three months on and the RailGenArchive database is growing steadily.
With this blog hardly setting the internet on fire I've been concentrating my efforts there rather than here.

Several thousand workings have been added to the new site since our late December launch, and we are now showing just over 267000 records.

The total would have been much higher as many duplicate records had found their way onto the site during the process of reformatting and transferring over so much data across from Timewarp and we are still working our way through removing those.
But it's not just about how many records, but how accurate are they?

The data on the site is still far from perfect, but it is getting better all the time and will continue to do so. The number of duplicate records is much reduced and many missing details, notably headcodes and which leg of service worked are being filled in. A number of long standing previously unknown data errors have been found - workings that never really happened and have been disproved, so removed, but not before they've been cut and pasted all over the net. (We know, or can find out, just who told us what... and maybe even where they got it from?)

The most important part of our old 1980's Timewarp site was the diary pages, and that is basically what The RailGenArchive site is, but a new improved version. A back end database now holds all the data and our custom written scripts generate the pages.
Now as soon as we add your data to the system, the next person to visit sees it!

If you are interested in the BR locomotive fleet and what passenger turns they worked, visit our site, choose a data filter, and you can see the data month by month, see only the one class you're interested in or see everything known just as before. You can also view data for an individual date, again with filter or just see the workings of a single loco, you choose.

For the diary pages how they were always meant to be...
Please visit... The RailGenArchive. Contact details are on the site, so please help us grow the site, pass on your new info, suggest corrections or just let us know what you think?


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Friday, 23 December 2016

Freshly ex Works!

"1980's Timewarp - Freshly ex Works and renamed!"

Well, it's finally here!

The most important part of the old 1980's Timewarp was the diary pages.
This data is officially back online forming a new website under a new name.
A back end database now holds all the data and scripts generate the pages.
Now as soon as we add your data to the system, the next person to visit sees it!
Choose a data filter, see the data month by month, see only the class you're interested in or see the whole lot just as before,
You can also view data for an individual date, again with filter
or just see the workings of a single loco, you choose.

For the diary pages how they were always meant to be...
Please visit...
The RailGenArchive .
And let us know what you think


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Festive Festering

"We've been away for far too long but now we're back..."

Don't think I'll be getting any haulage in over this Christmas & New Year period, but that hasn't always been the case...

The Derby - Crewe line became a Sprinter (Class 150/1) Stronghold from January 1986, but that didn't stop things from getting interesting from time to time, especially between October 1988 and right through the following year. These notes detail the Christmas / New Yesr period 1988.

THE (usual) DIAGRAM:
2K51 0642 Derby - Crewe
2P86 0809 Crewe - Derby
2K49 1008 Derby - Crewe
2P84 1138 Crewe - Derby
2K59 1258 Derby - Crewe
2P82 1439 Crewe - Derby
2K51 1604 Derby - Crewe (SX)
2K51 1613 Derby - Crewe (SO)
2P88 1739 Crewe - Derby

Early in the morning of Wednesday December 21st, and I heard to distinct sound of a 'Goyle' working with stock on the first leg of the usual diagram, so I made sure I saw the return, which revealed Skinhead namer 31444. With the light now slowly improving, I captured 31444 on film while working its second trip of the day, on the 2K49. Briefly I was tempted to take a trip to Derby with 31444 on the 2P84 1138 Crewe - Derby, but decided against it, as a lack of gen coupled with recent form suggested that a Sprinter would probably work back on the next leg. I did, however, keep a lookout for 2K59 and for the first time since the beginning of the month, a loco that was out during the morning on the route, was still out in the afternoon. Chris then called around just after the passage of 31444 going back to Derby (for the third time) on 2P82. Would 31444 now go on and complete the diagram we both wondered? Chris suggested a car move to Blythe Bridge as a way to find out, as from there, if 31444 was replaced by a Sprinter we could walk away but if 31444 came back to complete the diagram we could pay on the train without penalty. So a plan was formed. If 31444 was coming back it would surely be a few minutes down, but as we arrived at the station, at around the booked time, the crossing barriers were already down, while we expected a freight, but our train arrived as we screeched to a halt in the car park, but now with 47431 up front and formed by a different short rake of stock than earlier in the day. We could probably have made it onto the train, but we both decided against it on this occasion, and instead we left for home… A fresh set of stock for the afternoon (after two full round trips) was known to occur previously, but a fresh set just for the last 2 legs was yet another operating variation.

Thursday 22nd saw almost a repeat of the previous day, but with the more common 31416 working the first three round trips before 47431 once again came out to work the last round trip just as the day before.

Friday 23rd and 31444 was back out on 'the diagram' during the morning, but more remarkable was the unexpected sight of a second hauled rake turning out. The second rake was working the 0908 Derby - Crewe and was hauled by 31423, and with 31444 following just one hour behind it with the more usual 2K49 1008 Derby - Crewe turn. Was this the first time that consecutive Derby - Crewe trains had been hauled since steam days? I went out to record on film the rarely hauled 1038 Crewe - Derby service, which was getting later and later as I waited around in the freezing cold, for it. When it did finally appear, 31403 was hauling the now dead 31423. I later discovered that 31423 had failed at Kidsgrove. After only two round trips, 31444 had been replaced on 'the diagram'. During the afternoon, it was 47431 which again came out on both afternoon trips. And so had now worked on the lines passenger turns for the third day running.

Saturday 24th, Christmas Eve, but all was not quiet, not on table 80 anyway. 97480 was out first thing, on the usual diagram. Named 'Robin Hood' and previously numbered 47480, this departmental Brush, a large loco machine was more at home on test trains around this time, but it was not unusual to use a departmental loco on a passenger turn. Renumbered into this guise early September 1988, its only previous known passenger duties since then were a stint with Nuneaton drags in mid November. Chris called around just after the passage of 97480 going back to Derby for the third time that day on 2P82. Would 97480 now go on and complete the diagram we both wondered? Chris suggested another car move to Blythe Bridge as surely this time we would be lucky, but, no, once again we were bowled out as 47431 came out once again to finish off the diagram, four days on the trot!

For the few days after the Christmas break, Plastic Sprinter normality returned to table 80, but not for long. For on Friday 30th December, green liveried survivor 45106 was turned out, complete with matching Green tinsel embellishments to work the full four round trips. I was aware of the first leg, so was waiting the second clutching a day return. At an almost deserted cold and damp Derby I took photos in very poor light giving poor results. Enjoying the thrash, on the way back, the sun coming out to improve photographic prospects, spirits only dampened slightly when my compo was invaded by a couple of unaccompanied spoilt brats. I photographed the following legs while sunlight lasted and noted timekeeping wasn't bad all day, given the tight turnaround times and lack of a button to close the doors to be no more than ten late through Stoke was pretty good doing for the last surviving Peak I felt?

What were your moves and railway experiences around Christmas 1988?



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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Going live?

"Timewarp : now under heavy general overhaul - expect a new livery and shiny new nameplates soon!"

We are now looking to get the new upgraded & revised replacement for the old 1980's Timewarp diary pages online before the end of 2016!

Check back here soon.

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