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My web history
Unfortunately, failure of computers and lack of time to back up adequately has lost some of this website's updates and images over the years. However, assistance from the late Keith Bradbury and the Wayback Machine has helped recover some of the files. If anyone else can help, please get in touch. The email address is on the Stop Press page.
From the early 1990s I had followed the construction of the Channel Tunnel and CTRL planning, writing for RAIL magazine under the pen name Gary Moore and then my real name until Nigel Harris decided Christian Wolmar was more valuable and dismissed me!
My web history began in 28/10/1998 with 3 editions of Version 1 of a personal page hosted at Compuserve. By the third edition on 29/12/98, there was a Rail page with a WHR photo. I had followed the development of Phase 1, walking the route frequently with my dad during the construction phase and taking lots of photos. I had been contributing a regular column to Railway Magazine but the editor, Nick Piggott, dismissed me by mobile while boarding a train if the background noise was anything to go by! It's a hard life as a freelance. He thought the other railways would complain about too much WHR coverage. My creative urges led to the idea of following the fascinating construction in detail and developed into recording it for the benefit of others on the web.
Version 2.0 launched on 30/10/99 with the transfer of all files to my new Freeserve webspace (www.isengard.fsnet.co.uk). Some 211 people had visited my website previous to this stage, probably mostly my own visits to check the site loaded correctly! After development of a page structure at Xmas 1999, the webpage featured the characteristic light blue background of this website and red text.
Version 3 launched at a new website on 29/10/2000 and reached 400 editions on 8/9/04 when it referred enigmatically to an interesting report on BBC Ceefax (the opening of Phase 3 Three). During this period the website transferred to a WebFusion account at www.isengard.org.uk.
On the 2/9/04 the website was moved to a new address: www.isengard.co.uk costing me over £100 a year in hosting fees at WebFusion.
Version 4 was launched with the start of work on Phase 4. Numbers viewing the website increased dramatically and by July 06 has passed 750,000.
On 11/4/16 the website was moved to TS Host at a much cheaper rate per month, though there is a slight lag when updating.
On 20/5/19 they had reached 8 million but a proposed prize could not be awarded as the visitors crashed through the number before I could do an update following the Beer Festival Weekend!
The website was paused for 4 months from 1/12/19 to 4/4/20 as scanning/cataloguing of your webmaster's extensive slide collection covering the WHR's first year took first priority.
|Wayback date||Website Date||Version||Event||Website||Counter|
|2/2/02||WebFusion hosting announcement||isengard.org.uk|
|7/03?||Hosted by Tim Butters||bargepower.co.uk|
|26/7/03||N/A||Bargepower redirection page||isengard.org.uk|
|3/8/03||3/8/03||V3.326||This is the only Bargepower page saved||bargepower.co.uk||R|
|5/8/03||Last isengard redirection page||isengard.org.uk|
|11/8/03||Bargepower transferred to fsnet before this date|
|23/9/03||21/9/03||V4.336||First V3 page saved on fsnet||isengard.fsnet.co.uk||R|
|11/10/03||First Bargepower redirection page||bargepower.co.uk|
|9/2/04||Last Bargepower redirection page||bargepower.co.uk|
|2/9/04||Hosted at isengard.co.uk||isengard.fsnet.co.uk|
|5/9/04||First fsnet redirection page|
|8/9/04||8/9/04||V3.400||First isengard.co.uk page/Last V3 Edition||isengard.co.uk||R|
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