UK & Ireland Heritage Railways

Webmasters Blog

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes of this website. Some of the results of that work are highly visible (such as the Events page), but other work such as updates to the Locomotives Database are not so visible. So this page is intended to highlight some of the less noticable additions and updates on the website as they happen.

15 February 2017 - Visitor Numbers
I have also been looking at the stats for the website over the last year or so, and it is pleasing to see visitor numbers increasing, especially over the last 6 months of 2016 where visitors were approx 20% up on the same months in 2015. All the recent TV programs featuring heritage railways have really had a noticable effect. Many heritage railways are also reporting a sizable increase in visitor numbers during 2016 and at the end of the day that is the main objective of this website (Not that I am claiming all the credit, but I like to think that I contributed in some small way towards converting the extra publicity into passengers at heritage railways).
I have been very busy recently with issuing InterRail cards on behalf of the Heritage Railway Association, but I am also still plugging away adding events to the Events Diary.

20 January 2017 - Happy New Year
It's been quite a while since the previous blog entry, but it's a very quiet time of year with regard to heritage railways (other than all the Santa events of course) so there is not much to update at the end of the year.
Of course once the new year begins there are all the special events to be added to my Events Diary. I have just completed the first pass through all 93 of the railways that are usually included and added 477 events to the Diary. 41 railways have yet to publish their events on line, so there are plenty still to be added (a typical year includes over 1,000 events!) and I will be revisiting those railways websites in February.
I have also just added Eastern Star No 64 to the New Europe Railway Heritage Trust website at
http://nerht.heritage-railways.com

9 November 2016 - Locomotive Database
Added and updated several photos, this time supplied by Tony Page and Mick Nunn.

25 October 2016 - Locomotive Database
Updated several records in the locomotives database. Also added and updated several photos supplied by Malcom Brown and Alan Rex.

11 October 2016 - Hampshire
I've been off on holiday again, this time to Hampshire where we visited the Mid-Hants Railway and got some nice pictures of locos in Ropley yard. We also enjoyed a visit to Hollycombe Steam Museum (nice to now have some pictures on my Hollycombe webpage).
My thanks also to Tony Page for his recent photos (especialy those taken at Tyseley).

15 September 2016 - Events Diary and Locos
I have completed an update of the Events Diary so it now includes Autumn and Winter events for all railway (everything except Santa Specials which almost every railway runs on almost every weekend in December so there's not much point listing them here. Leaving them off makes it much easier to find the non-Santa events).
There have been a few updates and photos added to the Locomotive Database too. My thanks to Ben Scott, Tony Page and Mick Nunn for these.

24 August 2016 - Locomotive Updates and Photos
It's mainly been more of the same, with updated records of various locomotives (mainly those which had not been updated for many years), and I have also added more photos supplied by Tony Page and Mick Nunn.
I am also grateful to Shaun Pearse-Murphy for his photos of the West Lancashire Light Railway.

28 July 2016 - Locomotive Updates and Photos
It's been a month since my last blog update, so . . . It's mainly been more of the same, with updated records of various locomotives (mainly those which had not been updated for many years), and I have also added more photos supplied by Malcolm Brown and also from Tony Page.

29 June 2016 - Locomotive Updates and Photos
Updated records of various locomotives (mainly those which had not been updated for many years), and also added photos supplied by Malcolm Brown. Malcolm also supplied a couple of photos to use on the 'Head of Steam' page.

3 June 2016 - Fife Heritage Railway
Added a new page and links for the Fife Heritage Railway (aka Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society)

1 June 2016 - Manchester
I've been off on my travels again, this time to Manchester. Visits included the East Lancashire Railway, Heaton Park Tramway, Museum of Science and Industry and Astley Green Colliery Museum. Heaton Park and Astley Green were of particular interest as I had not been to either of them before. Various photos were of course taken and have since been uploaded to the website.

26 April 2016 - Updates
Just a quick note to say that despite spending most of my spare time recently issuing InterRail cards for the HRA, there have been a few updates to the Events pages, and also a few more updates and pictures added to the Locomotives Database.
I also managed to find time to visit the Kent & East Sussex Railway, Colonel Stephens Museum and Rother Valley Railway (Where they very kindly gave us a guided tour despite us turning up just 10 minutes before closing time). Various photos were of course taken and have since been uploaded to the website.

29 March 2016 - NERHT Newsletter
Just added Eastern Star No 61 to the New Europe Railway Heritage Trust website at
http://nerht.heritage-railways.com

2 March 2016 - Events Diary
It's been fairly quiet on the website front recently as I have been preoccupied with issuing InterRail cards on behalf of the Heritage Railway Association. However I have still found the time to make another check for events on those railways that I had not already got listed.