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Ben Williams avatar

Ben Williams Editor

A reminder to please try to keep locations on sightings as consistent as possible. If you are reporting from a regular location please use the most commonly used variant from other pages.

General rule of thumb is place name followed by access point or depot detail.

For example

Bolsover - SRS

Barking - Essex Road AP

If locations are consistent then the clickable titles will take you to a page of everything seen at that location (as well as giving the option to add further sightings at this location easily using the tick boxes.)


Jarrod Barker

Jarrod Barker


With the above in mind, I have some sightings at Seven Tunnel Junction. I need to update. The vehicles I saw were spread across three separate locations. There is a compound at the top of the station carpark, then to the immediate south side of the station platforms there is some waste ground where a number of items were stood and then in the old yard / depot area there is another compound where stock was parked up. Do all three fall under the same location on the site ?

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

Jarrod - unfortunately I think it's too late to aim for any sort of consistency with STJ locations - everyone just seems to make something new up every time they visit. This is what I use:

Severn Tunnel Junction - Rogiet Countryside Park compound (the waste ground you mention, some call it nature reserve)

Severn Tunnel Junction - shed compound (a compound near the shed at the west end of the station)

Severn Tunnel Junction - car park (sometimes things park in a compound accessible at the east end of the station car park) (confusingly there's another "car park" at the west of the station between the little bridge and "shed compound". Agh.)

Severn Tunnel Junction - Emergency compound (at the far west end almost under the M4, there are lots of containers used to store Gators/trailers)

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

Another annoyance with locations - "NR Depots". Network Rail was formed in 2002, so please can people stop logging sightings at "NR Depots" in 1986!!!

Jarrod Barker

Jarrod Barker

Thankyou Vince , I will endeavour to post my sightings to the correct place. And if you could I have another of your local Access Points I cannot remember the name of ? Between Redwick and Severn Beach there is a A.P, the last time I saw plant here there was a sign up with the name on it. The sign has now gone?


Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

Sounds like:

Redwick - Severn Tunnel AP


Jim Gillies

Jim Gillies

Noticed that there is no location details for either Story or Readypower in Blantyre

If available at the time I would be quite happy to take members there.

Contact me via the site

Always nice to put faces to names

Happy Hunting in the New Decade


Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

Just bringing this topic up again as I have been working hard behind the scenes to make location names more consistent/similar/spelt correctly etc. A few extra requests/location formats to consider please...


For rail locations which are "sidings" or "junction" - please type the word completely; not "sdgs", "jn", "jcn", "jcntnncnnt" or whatever other short variant you use.

Full names

Birmingham, Peterborough etc. Please type those names in full, not B'ham, P'boro etc.


Please use the following format for vehicles on motorways:

M6 J9

M6 J9 southbound

M6 J9 northbound

There is no need to add "on a flatbed", "on a flat bed", "on a lorry", "on a low loader", "in transit" etc, as it is generally a given! Fun fact(?) - there were nearly 200 different variants of the M6 at J9/Bescot in the database!

Preserved Railways

Preserved locations should be in format of "Preserved Railway Name - Town/Station", eg

Avon Valley Railway - Bitton;

Mid-Norfolk Railway - Dereham;

Try not to use shortened railway names like AVR/MNR/NYMR etc.


Dan Adkins

Dan Adkins

On the subject of locations, can I ask that the 'do not log large machines here' warning for Northampton Castle Yard be removed please? Castle Yard is very much used for large machines as well as roadrailers etc!


Jarrod Barker

Jarrod Barker

Also Wakefield Kirkgate NR Depot appears with “ not rail connected”. There is a Robel Maintenance Unit based here and it is rail connected.