Quick guide to searching

Powerful, easy to use Searching is at the heart of Rail-Online. It would be pointless having lists of photographs available if visitors to the site cannot find them the pictures they are looking for. We have taken considerable care in devising and developing the search facility.

We start with the premise that whether you have only a general idea of what you are looking for, or that you know very precisely which photographs you are trying to find, or even if you are just browsing, Rail-Online should guide you quickly to the pictures you want to see.

Each photograph is given a number of “keywords” which allow the collection to be searched using the Search box which is always shown in the top right hand corner of the screen. These keywords cover:

Company : GWR, LMS, LNER, SR, BR, Privatised, Other

Category : Steam, Diesel, Electric, DMU, EMU, Infrastructure

Class : Class name, TOPS Class or Type


You can also select a locomotive number. Also note that you do NOT need to worry about Capital Letters – the searches are not case sensitive.


If you want to find pictures of Crosti-boilered 9F 2-10-0s at Wellingborough type the following into the Search box:

9F Crosti Wellingborough  (it doesn't matter which order you use here)