Site Updates

It's been a year since the last entry on the News page but site updates have continued with over 600 new pictures added to the UK photo galleries.

The reason for this message is to alert viewers to some changes that have taken place behind the scenes. These shouldn't make any difference to the way the site works but might generate error messages if your browser is using cached copies of the old pages. Any such messages can be ignored and should disappear when you refresh the page.

Another change that has only just begun is the transition to a secure site. Some browsers may have alerted you to the fact that Railography is not a secure site, which means that the data sent between the server and your browser isn't encrypted. Why would it be? I don't ask you for private information and don't send you private information, there's nothing that actually needs encryption. The problem is that the internet world expects websites to be secure these days and sites like Railography that don't use encryption are marked down in search engine results etc.

The change to a secure site will take some time but while it's underway you might notice that some links take you to the secure version of pages on the site while others take you to the original version There's no difference between the two apart from the way the internet delivers the data to your browser. Any links you have to pages on the original version should continue to work, even after the whole site has been moved over, but will redirect your browser to the secure version of the page.

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More New Photos

Almost 300 new pictures have been added to the photo galleries since the last news update in October 2022, most of them from the UK and most taken in the last 3 years. This takes the total number of UK pictures to over 1500.

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New Photos Added - UK

Another 66 photos taken in the UK this year, some from the south of England, others from the north-east of Scotland.

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New Photos Added - UK

A small batch of photographs taken over the last couple of weeks in Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, including several shots of Class 69s, which are now regular performers on the Southampton - Mountfield gypsum trains.

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Gallery Reformatting Complete

The remaining photo galleries have now been reformatted and uploaded with a number of additional photos added, mainly images that appeared in trip reports but failed to make it to the galleries for some reason. A photo index page in the new style has also been added. Your browser should redirect you automatically but if it doesn't, use the link below.

The new photos page has been moved into a new section called Collections, which will contain collections of photos that are linked by a common theme but don't fit neatly into the country based structure.

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Something Must Be Done

Behind the photo galleries sits a database that controls everything, creating the links between the pictures and the text and ensuring the right images appear in the right galleries. It was fine when there were only a few hundred pictures but had been struggling to cope with the 5000+ images currently on the site. In particular, site updates were taking longer and longer and the process was regularly failing before it completed, requiring time consuming manual interventions almost every time it ran. Something had to be done.

The solution is a brand new database, set up from scratch, taking into account the lessons learned from the last one. Indications are that the new set-up is much faster and more reliable. The opportunity was taken to redesign the photo gallery pages at the same time, adopting a flexible layout that adapts itself to the size of the browser window. Whether you're using a phone, a tablet or a large desktop screen, pictures should display at an appropriate size in a layout suited to the window dimensions and orientation. The Austria, Cuba, Denmark and UK galleries have already been converted to the new format and are available to view. The new pages have been tested on Safari, Chrome, Opera and Edge browsers so, hopefully, will work for everyone. Smaller pictures, 750 pixels across have also been replaced with 900 pixel versions. More enhancements will follow once the remaining galleries have been converted.

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UK More B & H Photos Added

Despite the Covid pandemic and lockdowns the Berks and Hants has remained a busy freight railway and if anything has become even busier with new flows of stone introduced in an attempt to satisfy the insatiable demand of construction in the south-east. The Class 59s remain dominant but now with Freightliner's green class 66s replacing DB red and EWS maroon machines in the supporting role. DB still retains a presence on non-MRL stone workings but other operators barely get a look in. This update adds 62 pictures taken on the line between March and June 2021.

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China : Photo Galleries : Nancha Pictures

Nancha was one of the best places to see steam at work in China in the late 1980s. There was an almost continuous procession of QJ hauled freights on the Harbin to Jiamusi main line but the most spectacular workings were on the steeply graded branch to the north where the heaviest trains were double headed and banked. As well as QJs, high deflectored JS still worked some traffic. This update adds 39 pictures taken around Nancha in 1988 and 1989 plus a few others taken elsewhere around the same time.

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China : Photo Galleries : Changchun Pictures


A selection of 17 photos, most taken around Changchun in 1988 and 1989, and featuring RM and SL Class Pacifics as well as JF Class 2-8-2s and the inevitable QJ Class 2-10-2s. There are also a handful of pictures of SYs including a brand new loco awaiting painting at Tangshan.

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China : Photo Galleries : Baotou Pictures


A selection of 27 photos featuring 10 different classes of steam locomotive, taken in various locations between 1988 and 1991, with around half from Baotou Steelworks when the ET7 and XK13 tanks were still active. There are also some pictures from the CNR depot at Baotou and a few Pacifics and QJs around Changchun and Jilin, some of which are better renderings of images published before.

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China : Photo Galleries : Tonghua Pictures

Some seasonal snow scenes from the Tonghua area of north-east China 30 years ago, when everything was still steam worked. It seems a world away now in these times of Covid lockdowns and travel bans.

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Turkey : Photo Galleries : update

Turkey has now been migrated to the newer style of photo gallery and 11 new images have been added to the 3 already there. All the existing pictures are now a bit larger than they were.

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