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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 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 though the other railways would complain about too much WHR coverage. My creative urges led to the idea of following the fascinating construction in detail 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.

Wayback record

Wayback date Website Date Version Event Website Counter
2/2/02     WebFusion hosting announcement isengard.org.uk  
25/5/02 22/5/02 V3.130   isengard.org.uk 144,026
3/6/02 3/6/02 V3.132   isengard.org.uk  
N/A 3/7/02   150,000 visit isengard.org.uk 150000
18/7/02 16/7/02 V3.153   isengard.org.uk  
3/9/02 31/8/02 V3.168   isengard.org.uk 156,406
22/9/02 21/9/02 V3.177   isengard.org.uk R
24/9/04 22/9/02 V3.178   isengard.org.uk R
29/9/02 27/9/02 V3.180   isengard.org.uk R
21/11/02 19/11/02 V3.193   isengard.org.uk 194,209
24/11/02 23/11/02 V3.195   isengard.org.uk R
1/12/02 24/11/02 V3.196   isengard.org.uk R
  14/1/02   200,000 visit isengard.org.uk 200,000
22/1/03 21/1/03 V3.222   isengard.org.uk R
8/2/03 8/2/03 V3.228   isengard.org.uk R
18/2/03 16/2/03 V3.231   isengard.org.uk R
18/2/03 18/2/03 V3.232   isengard.org.uk R
19/3/03 18/3/03 V3.246   isengard.org.uk R
25/3/03 24/3/03 V3.250   isengard.org.uk R
5/4/03 4/4/03 V3.255   isengard.org.uk 245,100
11/4/03     Error isengard.org.uk  
23/4/03 22/4/03 V3.262   isengard.org.uk R
1/6/03 31/5/03 V3.285   isengard.org.uk R
8/6/03 7/6/03 V3.290   isengard.org.uk R
N/A 10/6/03     isengard.org.uk 250,000
21/6/03 20/6/03 V3.297   isengard.org.uk R
  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  
22/10/03 27/9/03 V4.337   isengard.fsnet.co.uk R
N/A 28/10/03   300,000 visit   300,000
20/11/03 10/11/03 V4.344   isengard.fsnet.co.uk R
9/2/04     Last Bargepower redirection page bargepower.co.uk  
27/3/04 24/3/04 V4.362   isengard.fsnet.co.uk 373,288
21/5/04 16/5/04 V4.368   isengard.fsnet.co.uk R
6/6/04 24/5/04 V4.369   isengard.fsnet.co.uk R
29/7/04 25/7/04 V4.282   isengard.fsnet.co.uk R
  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
30/10/04     Error    
12/12/04 10/12/04 V4.43   isengard.co.uk R
24/1/05     Error    
5/2/05 4/2/05 V4.78     R
9/2/05 9/2/05 V4.80     R


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