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03/08/2022: I am at present slowly working through vehicles from 1968-69 attempting to clarify the known ownership of many of them. During that period a lot of parcel vans and artic tractor units were ordered by B R. These were issued with registration numbers by the appropriate local authorities, along with B R giving them their future fleet numbers. However in November 1968 Freightliner Ltd. was created and acquired those vehicles working for the business. Then in January 1969, National Carriers was formed and the bulk of vehicles working in parcels and goods distribution were also transferred to that business. Of the many new vehicles on order we have no firm delivery/registration date so are unaware to whom they went when new. I have not made assumptions, and therefore only show the new owner where we have reports or photographic evidence. Any known help would be apreciated. Merf.

31/07/2022: Another batch of older vehicle records has been added to the database, comprising 5,290 vehicles new to BR in the 1962-1971 period. The total number of vehicles in the database is now 37,571, with a few more batches still to be added. (Tom)

28/07/2022: Progress is steady but slow, mainly because I am also working on the other two LTSV websites. A further 62 current or recent vehicles have just been added. These came from a variety of people, either e-mailing details (and sometimes photos), or using the form on this website. I am very grateful to everyone who has reported vehicles. Work on the next chunk of older vehicle data is currently underway, and this should push the number of vehicles listed to almost 40,000. There are still quite a few more to come after that, so my estimate of this being the eventual total was a bit off. There will hopefully be a new batch of photos some time in the next few days. (Tom)

17/06/2022: I'm taking a break from processing 'old' vehicle records (though Merf is continuing to plough through them making lots of tweaks and improvements). My job for tonight has been to add another 20 current vehicles. Most of these have been reported by our small gang of contributors, and I am very grateful for their inputs. The 20 vehicles are all Network Rail ones and mostly of the usual types. One contributor mentioned some vehicles used by Manchester Metrolink (the tram operator). It has been decided not to include these at this stage, and to focus just on vehicles connected with 'main-line' railways. (Tom)

27/05/2022: A productive evening! Firstly, I have added another batch of old records, comprising 3,219 BR vehicles registered between SEE640 and 800PRO and new in the 1956-1964 period. There are now 32,461 vehicle records in the database. Secondly, I have revised the Fleetnumbers page so that it now loads much faster (2 seconds instead of 14 seconds, though some sorting options have had to be removed). Thirdly, I corrected a glitch on the same page where the page jump indicators were showing the wrong field. Finally I have added ten more old photos (all are external links so are only shown at thumbnail size). (Tom)

25/05/2022: Another 2,910 vehicles (with 3,679 fleetnumbers) have just been added to the database, bringing the total to 29,239. Today's additions are all BR vehicles from the 1950s, with registration numbers between LCE788 and RYY211.

More good news is that I have been able to improve the loading time of the main vehicle list page. It was averaging about 12 seconds but is now down to just 2 seconds. To achieve this I had to sacrifice the ability to sort by quantities of notes, photos and sightings. The quantities are still shown in the table but you cannot sort on these columns. Note that the Fleetnumbers list page has not yet been dealt with and as a result will still be rather slow to load. (Tom)

22/05/2022: A couple of developments today. Firstly I have added the next chunk of vehicles, comprising 3,644 that were mainly new in the late-1940s and early-1950s. This takes the total to 26,311, with many more still to come. The second change is that the main vehicle list page now includes tiny photographs (where available). If you hover your mouse over any of these photos, a larger copy will appear, giving an idea of how the vehicle looked. Mind you, fewer than 1 in 200 vehicles in the database actually have a photo at present, so these won't appear all that often, especially for older vehicles.

I am aware that the vehicle list page is becoming a bit slow, with quite a pause before it fully loads. This is caused by the (growing) number of vehicles and the complexity of the queries, but I am looking at ways to make it work faster. (Tom)

19/05/2022: Another set of 30 photos has just been uploaded, all taken over the past 6 weeks. I haven't used every photo received, so don't worry if yours does not appear - it may well be used later on. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. (Tom)

11/05/2022: To allow some of the many older types of vehicle to be illustrated, I have borrowed (from one of my other web projects) a method for including photos from external websites. Such photos will only be shown at thumbnail size (300 pixels wide), and will be clearly marked EXT (for external). The viewing page for each of these photos will include a link to the external website. 10 external photos have just been added and any feedback on this approach would be welcomed. If successful, I will periodically add more old photos.

Work on the database records is still ongoing but there should be another large 'dump' fairly soon. (Tom)

09/05/2022: Some 'new' data has been added in the form of 39 vehicles that have recently been reported. Most are Network Rail but there are also 5 with Colas Rail. A couple of small changes to the website are as follows. On the main Vehicle List page, you can now filter the results by registration type (for example, prefix registrations, 'revised' registrations etc). This will be of use if you are only interested in seeing newer vehicles. Pick 'Revised' from the drop-down and click on apply, then you will only see vehicles new since 2001. Some will already have gone of course, but at least you won't need to wade through thousands of much older vehicles to see them. Secondly, on the same page, you can now click on a vehicle's registration number or description to go to the detail page for that vehicle. The links are not displayed in the normal way (blue text with underline) as that made the table look messy! However, when you hover over the text, your pointer will change and a tool-tip will appear. You can also still use the 'View' button at the far right of each row. (Tom)

27/04/2022: It is time to get on with adding the rest of Merf's data. I've started with the smallest group, covering the Southern Railway (and its predecessors) and the BR Southern Region. Nevertheless this has added 2,838 more vehicles to the database, which now contains a total of 22,567. More companies/regions will be added soon. (Tom)

08/04/2022: Another set of 25 photos has just been added. They are again dominated by vehicles involved in work at Stanford-le-Hope Station (with just a couple of repeat showings), with 8 others taken at various locations in and around London. (Tom)

06/04/2022: Taking my own advice, I had a look at the two separate Network Rail depots in Wimbledon yesterday. Fifteen vehicles were identified, only two of which were already listed (the rest have now been added). At least as many again were visible but not identifiable, so a return visit might be worthwhile. (Tom)

04/04/2022: With thanks to Andrew, Bob, John and Paul (the Fab Four?!), I have just added another 42 current vehicles to the database. Mind you, I see that Merf has also added over 100 older vehicles in recent weeks. A batch of photos will be uploaded later in the week, and users who have submitted New Vehicle Reports can now go in and add their sightings if they so wish. I know it is a bit of a faff having to effectively do it twice - At the next update I will be looking at adding a function to automatically turn New Vehicle Reports into Sightings.

The thing is, there are still tens of thousands of vehicles to be added. For the older vehicles, I need to get my Data Mangle out and put some more of Merf's massive spreadsheets through it (if only it was that simple!). For the newer vehicles, we need you to let us know of any that you see. There are various ways to report vehicles, as covered in the User Guide. (Tom)

02/04/2022: Sorry for the lack of updates recently - I have had to prioritise work on another web project. That work was completed yesterday and I will now be focusing on content across all the LTSV websites. In terms of RRV, this will mean getting on with adding the masses of historical vehicle records (LNER, GWR, SR and early BR), plus adding lots more photos.(Tom)

15/02/2022: Another batch of photos has been added, this time totaling 40 and covering the period from the late-1980s to last weekend! Many thanks to everyone who has contributed photos. (Tom)

31/01/2022: A set of 34 photos has just been added, most of which were taken yesterday or today. Paul Nicholls set out yesterday to photograph a Network Rail car that parks in his area. As a bonus, he found about two dozen more vehicles attending engineering work at the local station, and he very kindly photographed them all. He returned today and caught another three. Adding to the set are an Emergency Response Unit van seen at Cricklewood by Robin Morel, and a couple of vans at Eltham by Ray Monk. (Tom)

30/01/2022: I am at present making additions to the London Midland Region listings. It comprises of new information found since the site was commenced a few months ago. It consists of extra vehicles found along with a large amount of allocations to existing records. This should take a little time. (Merfyn Jones)

27/01/2022: The remaining sections of this website have now been completed and it is fully functional. You can now register for an account, log-in, and add your own sightings, notes and new vehicle reports. The site has been tested but please let me know if you encounter any errors or oddities.

24/12/2021: We are on-line! Now to do some testing...

24/12/2021: Having made a few last-minute tweaks, it is now time to see if I can get the site working on-line. See you on the other side!

20/12/2021: Right, I reckon the main display pages are now complete. The most difficult task was to create links to the previous and next vehicles when looking at the details of a particular vehicle. These links take into account any filtering and sorting that have been applied. The complications were that users could have come from either of the two vehicle list pages, and that they could have got to a vehicle that was not in their last vehicle list selection (for example by clicking on the vehicle detail link on a photo page). It all seems to work! The plan is to upload the site to the internet in the next few days and get some volunteers to do a bit of testing. If all goes well, I will then create the editing pages (registration, log-in, adding sightings etc) ahead of a full launch probably in early January 2022.

17/12/2021: Work on the display pages is ongoing. The plan is to complete these and put them on-line to allow user testing. The functions for adding and editing data will then be created.

16/12/2021: I think I have finally found a workable solution to the problem of showing vehicles that could have had both multiple operators and multiple (or no) fleetnumbers! As such, I am now building the pages to display the data. Things should now speed up.

Latest Additions
03/08/2022: BV70HKA Scania Curtain side van
02/08/2022: YT70XLE Ford Ranger XLT 4d Pick up
01/08/2022: ANU311T Leyland Terrier Crew Bus
31/07/2022: YT56BVO Ford Transit Crew Van
31/07/2022: YK20FAA Isuzu D-Max Pick up
31/07/2022: YVY914J Lansing Bagnall Toer Platform Tractor
31/07/2022: YVY913J Lansing Bagnall Toer Platform Tractor
31/07/2022: YDN952J Coles Adonis Crane
31/07/2022: YDN904J Bedford CF Van
31/07/2022: YDN587J Bedford CF Minibus

Latest sightings
03/08/2022: BN70DNV at Gipsy Hill Station on 3rd Aug 2022
03/08/2022: YR21MWF at Clapham Junction Station on 3rd Aug 2022
03/08/2022: BW19BZC at London Waterloo Station on 3rd Aug 2022
03/08/2022: BW19CFV at London Waterloo Station on 3rd Aug 2022
03/08/2022: BD68NBM at London Waterloo Station on 3rd Aug 2022
02/08/2022: BN19XJY at Gidea Park on 28th Jul 2022
02/08/2022: BT69LWU at Barking Maintenance Depot on 2nd Aug 2022
02/08/2022: BN19WUJ at Barking Maintenance Depot on 2nd Aug 2022
02/08/2022: YR61NWT at Barking Maintenance Depot on 2nd Aug 2022
02/08/2022: BD68MVR at Barking Maintenance Depot on 2nd Aug 2022

Latest notes
04/07/2022: Ref vehicle MNN327P Leyland
Used by Tyseley S&T No1 Mechanical Gang until being replaced in 1987.
04/07/2022: Ref vehicle GRC852V Bedford
Vehicle was based at TYSELEY by 1980 when I used it with Tyseley S&T Electrical Installation Gang. It remained at Tyseley thereafter until being scrapped.
04/07/2022: Ref vehicle XCH389Y Ford
Vehicle was allocated to Tyseley S&T Electrical Installation Gang from new.
26/06/2022: Ref vehicle SMC519F Ford
Photo at https://www.flickr.com/photos/58867145@N07/50147905317
26/06/2022: Ref vehicle SMC519F Ford
Photo at https://www.flickr.com/photos/21611052@N02/47547869342
12/06/2022: Ref vehicle D586FYT Lansing Bagnall
Error in reg. number
12/06/2022: Ref vehicle MRC837P Reliance-Mercury
These are probably Reliance not Reliant
12/06/2022: Ref vehicle RNU97R Reliance-Mercury
These are probably Reliance not Reliant
12/06/2022: Ref vehicle RNU99R Reliance-Mercury
These are probably Reliance not Reliant
12/06/2022: Ref vehicle A230BTV Morris
Morris registered 9/83 Yellow. Last licensed 31/10/95 (V5C 10/5/95)

Edits and other changes will also be listed here, once there have been some!