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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.

Finally back up to date!

Sunday 24 November 2019 21:38 PM

Adfter a busy few weeks, I've finally caught up with my backlog of photo uploads - that's what happens after spending a few weekend riding trains instead of sorting out photos!

On a side note, I've got page on Patreon! Patreon is a simple way for you to contribute to the running of my photo gallery every month, and you get a sneak peek at what's coming up on my other websites in return!

Head over to https://www.patreon.com/wongm to find out more.

Photos from my 2019 visit to Adelaide

Wednesday 9 October 2019 18:06 PM

I've just returned from another trip to Adelaide on The Overland to ride trains trams, and buses.

A-City train 4015 heads for the city at Goodwood

Along the way I saw:

  • Day 1: The Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide,
  • Day 2: trains to Bowden then Cloverley Park, trams on the new extension to the Botanic Gardens, and buses through the new O-Bahn tunnel,
  • Day 3: train to Port Adelaide, and a visit to the National Railway Museum,
  • Day 4: returning to Melbourne on The Overland

I've just launched my page on Patreon

Monday 29 April 2019 16:24 PM

I've just launched my page on Patreon! In case you’re wondering, Patreon is a simple way for you to contribute to the running of my photo gallery every month, and you get a sneak peek at what's coming up on my other websites in return!

Head over to https://www.patreon.com/wongm to find out more.