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Another milestone - 85,000 photos!

Wednesday 26 January 2022 14:28 PM

Today I passed a milestone in photos uploaded to this site - 85,000!

I hit 10,000 photos way back in April 2009, 25,000 photos in April 2012, 50,000 photos in August 2017, and 80,000 in September 2021 - the most recent 5,000 photos only taking four months.

Time sure flies!

And my backlog is finally cleared!

Saturday 1 January 2022 23:21 PM

It only took a month, but my backlog of photos to upload has finally been cleared - here's hoping that things don't get banked up again!

Bit of a backlog to get through

Thursday 9 December 2021 09:46 AM

After a busy few weeks, I've got quite the backlog of photos to upload - that's what happens after spending time photographing trains instead of sorting photos! At the moment I'm about two weeks behind, but hopefully I'll catch up one day.

80,000 photos!

Wednesday 15 September 2021 21:00 PM

It's taken sixteen years, but today I passed a milestone in photos uploaded to this site - 80,000!

This is the first time I've actually noticed such a milestone - I hit 10,000 photos way back in April 2009, 25,000 photos in April 2012 and 50,000 photos in August 2017.

Here's to a few thousand more!

Shooting myself in the foot

Thursday 22 July 2021 22:12 PM

The other night I did my usual updates to the web server that drives this website, and in the process I managed to blow away all of my data! Thankfully it's all back to normal now, and it only took me a few hours of wasted effort!

The backstory

My attempt to upgrade my webserver nuked the symlink to the data directory, then my attempt to recreate the symlink to get stuff working again, I deleted the actual data!

I have automated backups of the web server and the MySQL database, but I don't have automated backups of the data directory.

I eventually worked out how to recreate a working symlink to the data directory - I never documented it in my server build plan.

The next step was to reupload the 78900+ deleted files from my local backups, then check to see how out of sync that backup is!

On the upside, I had the database side of the restore working rather quickly and all of the metadata was available - I just need the (...)

I'm now on Instagram as well

Thursday 1 April 2021 00:11 AM

I've been on Facebook and Twitter for some time now, and thanks to the magic of automation I'm now on Instagram as well - you can follow me at @wongmsrailgallery. There you'll find my usual notifications of new photos, as well as my daily 'on this day' posts.

So my Facebook Page got Zuckered

Tuesday 23 February 2021 11:37 AM

I'm not sure what Facebook is up to right now, but it seems that single photo I've ever posted to the Facebook page for this site has disappeared, and I'm no longer able to create new posts, with links or without. I guess they think I'm a news website!

But no problem - you can still find everything right here on my website, including new uploads, and the "On this day" series.

And an update...

And now everything it back to normal - phew!

2000 likes on Facebook

Tuesday 17 November 2020 09:22 AM

Another milestone for me - Wongm's Rail Gallery page on Facebook has hit 2000 likes. Thanks to everyone - it took eight years to get the first 1000 likes, but only two years to get the next 1000!

2000 likes on Facebook

(And if you take a really close look at the image, you might see a few familiar photos)

Photos from my 2019 trip to Hong Kong

Wednesday 3 June 2020 07:00 AM

It has taken me a bit over a year, but I have finally finished uploading the photographs I took on my 2019 trip to Hong Kong.

Passing the 'west' tramcar at the crossing loop

My itinerary.

  • Day 1: arrival and Airport Express train
  • Day 2: Wong Tai Sin and Tsim Sha Tsui, MTR Island Line and Admiralty interchange
  • Day 3: Tsz Shan Monastery, Tai Po Market and Hong Kong Railway Museum
  • Day 4: Hong Kong Island trams and Wan Chai
  • Day 5: Repulse Bay, Mong Kok, MTR South Island and East Rail lines
  • Day 6: Hong Kong Dolphin Watch tour off Tung Chung, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, Central-Mid-Levels escalators,
  • Day 7: Hong Kong Observation Wheel, MTR Hung Hom station
  • Day 8: Lamma Island, MTR Kwun Tong line extension
  • Day 9: Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, MTR Sai Ying Pun station, Kwun Tong, Ma On (...)

Why the lack of new photos?

Monday 18 May 2020 09:35 AM

As you might have noticed I haven't uploaded many photos recently - this graph really shows the decline.

Photos taken per month, until April 2020

The last time I uploaded so few photos was when I went overseas!

But luckily for you I haven't been wasting the Coronavirus lockdown - I've been still regularly updating my main blog, my Hong Kong transport and European rail spinoffs, along with uploading my backlog of non-train photos to Flickr.

You can also head over to https://www.patreon.com/wongm to get a sneak peek at what's coming soon on my blogs.