Welcome to the new-look BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS website
In August 1968, British Rail finally abolished steam traction. This marked the completion of one aspect of the 1955 British Railways Modernisation plan, which sought to replace steam with diesel and electric traction
BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS has compiled a comprehensive list of all steam locomotive allocations, transfers and withdrawals from the Spring of 1960 (when "Evening Star," the last steam engine to be built for British Railways was introduced) until the end of steam in 1968.
Unlike our competitors, BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS does not simply give a list of locomotive histories, or year-by-year snapshots of locomotive allocations. BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS is believed to be the only product that will give you details of month-by-month changes. Look at the "Monthly Allocations" tab to see full details.
With BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS, you can look at individual engine histories, and allocation histories for every depot with a steam allocation, from May 1960 each month until its closure to steam, and right up until August 1968.
BR STEAM ALLOCATIONS is available as a data download. Tthe tabs on the left of this page give examples of the files included.
YOU WILL NEED MICROSOFT EXCEL OR OPEN OFFICE INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER TO BE ABLE TO READ THE FILES
(The photograph on the cover shows Standard Class 5 no 73092, in not the best of condition (as were most steam engines at the time!), waiting to leave Weymouth on the 1212 to Bournemouth on the last day of steam on the Southern region, 8th July 1967)
Regional Allocations - if the whole database is more than you need, it is now availabe in sections covering the various BR regions, and and BR constiuent company locomotives. See the Regional Databases page for further details
I also have another website, created to let people know about my books looking at walking and cycling opportunities around the British Isles, and finding out a bit about the local transport history of the areas concerned. The routes and areas covered mainly use a selection of former railway lines and canals along the way, which can now be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists.