Monday, 2 April 2018

Two Easter eggs from the RGA team



The RailGenArchive as again been expanded, by going even further back in time to include 1971 & 1972 and so the main site now covers the years 1971- 1990 . The further back in time we try to go, the less likely it appears that we'll receive gen in any quantity so future expansion looks to be into the 1990's, we are already working on 1991 so watch this space...

At the time of this posting the RailGenArchive database contains 312389 records. Not only does the amount of gen on the site continue to grow, the quality of that gen is also constantly worked on with regular site updates every few days. If you have any gen relating to loco hauled passenger workings over BR that we could use, Contact Us either via email or the contact form provided, or use the box at the foot of this page. We can handle gen in any digital format, all years welcome, all loco classes feature and data filters on the site allow you to just look at the gen that interests you.

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



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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

RGA latest



Very rarely does a day go by without me doing some work on The RailGenArchive. The mailbox is checked and data processed and prepared for the site whenever I can fit it in around day to day life. I do as much work as I can off-line because with the site being generated from the contents of a database I can then import the data every few days or so once I can be sure I'll get a hour or two of uninterrupted net access. The other team members do their bit as and when too, this is not a solo project remember. I'll update this blog from time to time with news of progress and impending developments just in case anyone is interested.

The RailGenArchive currently covers the years 1973- 1990 with further expansion of years covered to come. Gen for the newly added years is a little thin at present, but with your help it can grow quickly. All loco classes feature and data filters allow you to look for the gen that interests you. At the time of this posting the RailGenArchive database contains 310279 records. Not only as the amount of gen on the site increased, but the quality of that gen as been improved with many little details added, especially missing headcodes. If you have any gen relating to loco hauled passenger workings for the site, Contact Us either via email or the contact for provided, or use the box at the foot of this page.

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



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Friday, 2 February 2018

RGA - 2 more years added.



The RailGenArchive as grown once again to cover two extra years. Now we go back even further to include 1973 & 1974. Gen is a little thin at present, but with your help it can grow quickly. New data filters for long extinct classes have also been added. If you have any gen relating to loco hauled passenger workings for the site, Contact Us either via email or the contact for provided, or use the box at the foot of this page.

Over recent weeks the site as continued to grow and, at the time of this posting the RailGenArchive database contains 306313 records.

Coming soon, as always, more gen updates, and further expansion of the years covered by the RailGenArchive... news of further site expansion and other developments will be posted here.

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



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Saturday, 20 January 2018

RGA loco search upgrade

"Much more regular posts will follow..."

The RailGenArchive now features a new and much improved loco search option.

The old search just looked for the number and listed workings by a loco with that number. Trouble is, some numbers were carried by more than one loco (although normally more than a single loco had the number at any one time) and in such instances you'd get an inaccurate listing. Also, where a loco carried more than one number during the years covered, you'd need to search for each number separately.

Now when you enter a loco number, workings by that loco under all numbers that it carried, from pre-TOPS onward, are listed. Where a number was carried by more than one loco at different times, you'll be given a choice between lists of all numbers carried by each engine.

Coming soon, further expansion of the years covered by the RailGenArchive... as well as continuing gen updates...

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



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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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