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Private Stock and ERD.

Imagine you have just returned from a trip to Europe and whilst there you passed a yard where you saw a private locomotive with the large number 9 on the side.

Also, whilst there, you had to use your bins to read the works number, 1000858, on another locomotive the other side of the running lines. You are now back in the UK trying to identify fifty locomotives where you only have sparse details. How do you do this?

You could get out your printed books and trawl through all the numbers in them. It would take rather a long time.

Fortunately, with the latest version of ERD the task becomes much simpler. ERD stores records of over 10,000 private vehicles in Europe and for most of them it stores their UIC number, their works number and their private operators number. All you need to do is to type the number into the system and all vehicles having that number will immediately be displayed. As an example when the number 9 was input into the system as private operators number it gave me eight different locomotives which carried that number along with their works numbers, operators codes and UIC numbers where carried. It is then an easy task to work out which one was seen.

ERD contains details of European private stock and if you purchase the combined system your spotting will become much easier and possibly more fun.











































The European Railway Database.

What are the Railway Databases.

The European Railway Database (ERD for short) is an easy to use database system which is designed to manage details of the vehicles of the European and British railway networks. Currently the following countries are supported by ERD but in time it is planned to include vehicle details of all countries belonging to the European union plus Switzerland.

Austria Ireland Spain
Belgium Luxembourg Sweden
Czech Republic Netherlands Switzerland
Denmark Norway United Kingdom
Finland Poland United Kingdom Steam in 1948
France Portugal Italy
Germany Slovak Republic  
Hungary Slovenia  

ERD has been designed specifically for use by Train Spotters, haulage fans and those who are interested in taking photographs of the UK and European Railway system. It contains technical information on classes and lists of stock numbers including works numbers for private stock and UIC numbers with one click you can mark vehicles as being seen and with another as hauled.

ERD holds information on diesel and electric locomotives, diesel and electric multiple units, departmental vehicles, museum stock including, working steam and includes coaching stock in the UK and Benelux with on-track plant, trams and underground vehicles in the UK. All diesel and electric locomotives ever operated by BR are included in the UK data set.

Vehicle running numbers, works numbers, private numbers, year built, allocations, operators, livery codes and pool codes are available together with previous numbers carried by the vehicle where known. Depot information and technical details on classes is included together with the facility to associate your own photographs with depots, classes and even individual vehicles. For haulage enthusiasts the is the ability to record details of your trips in timetable form complete with a diary page to store information on your trip or sightings en route. Extensive hardcopy reporting is available and the stock listing reports can be in the form of “Locoshed Book” listings.

This web site has been designed to show screenshots of some of the various forms and reports available in ERD. Navigate around the various forms by using the navigation buttons.

Product Features.

The European Railway Database (ERD) provides the following facilities for the UK and European railway enthusiast.









ERD 2019 is available now.

email sales@eraildb.co.uk for further information and prices/ ordering details.

The ERD2019 Combined version is now available and for existing users the 2019 data update is available.

The password security system has been removed in the 2019 version of the software,

British Railways Database.

It is planned to produce an updated British Railway Database by end 2019 and this will include many new features. The British Data is, however, still available as a single element system.