We're pleased to say that service on Tracks through Grantham appears to be back to normal on all (IT) platforms. This follows the resolution of a problem which caused the non-appearance of some of our images on some types of IT device and was the subject of our post on 8th March.
If you think the website is not 'behaving itself' in any respect please get in touch, using a Contact Form, and describe as clearly as you can what's happening. Some problems, and the recent one is an example, are quite selective in how they manifest themselves, so we may only pick them up through a user's comment.
If you access the Tracks through Grantham website using certain types of IT device you may have noticed in recent weeks that sometimes there are pictures missing, though their captions still appear. The problem especially affects our newest pages, and we're aware that it's evident on some mobile phones and also on some pcs running Windows 7.
We're 'on the case' with this and we hope to be back to normal soon.
For those who'd like a little more background, to improve the security of our image library we installed a plugin (piece of software). This has done the trick by protecting the images better, but it has had the side-effect of preventing certain 'platforms' (types of IT device) from receiving the protected images. We've raised this with the plugin designer and they are currently working on a fix.
So, if you find that our pages have images missing and you have an alternative IT device available, please move to another platform temporarily (...and safely, using the footbridge of course) to continue to access Tracks through Grantham services. By way of a guide, we're fairly sure that Windows 10 pcs are not affected (and we've tried several browsers). However, we hope it will not be long before normal service resumes on all platforms.
In our introductory article, that covered the early main line diesel scene at Grantham, we briefly looked at some of the reasons behind the transition from steam to diesel power on Britain's railway system, in particular the main line through Grantham. But what about the cross country secondary lines that linked Grantham with other urban areas, such as Lincoln and Nottingham? Our next article is all about the introduction of 'Railcars' during the diesel era and has just been published.
Can you remember the first generation Railcars? Perhaps you referred to them as Diesel Multiple Units, or maybe DMUs for short? Our new article begins here.
Andy Overton has been in touch to ask if someone can help him with a piece of research on ECML signalling history from 40 years back. Andy says:
A mystery that has defeated me for many years surrounds the 1978 works in Stoke Tunnel. I know some bits of the story, but not all.
Here's what I know. Between 10 September and 22 October 1978 there was single line working through Stoke Tunnel. 10/09/1978 – 30/09/1978 the Up Main was used, 01/10/1978 – 22/10/1978 the Down Main was used. The emergency facing and trailing crossovers at Stoke were taken off control of the Ground Switch Panel and were worked from the Stoke Local Control Panel in the relay room, which was designated as a signal box for the duration of the work and called Stoke Temporary. Additional facing and trailing crossovers, worked from Stoke Temporary, were installed north of the tunnel. The temporary signal box also gained control of some of Grantham’s signals at Highdyke in order to fully control the single line at both ends. The single line was fully signalled in both directions, so no Pilotman was necessary.
Now the bits I don’t know. The Local Control Panel from the relay room had to be altered to match the altered signalling in connection with the single line working. The story passed down to me is that the panel in the temporary box comprised this altered panel, plus ‘two extensions at each end’. It’s the ‘extensions at each end’ bit which sits uncomfortably with me as I can’t see why the panel would need to be extended, certainly not at the Stoke end. Altered yes, extended no. I would dearly like to be able to question someone with first-hand knowledge of what the panel comprised of during this work to get the facts pinned down 100% correct.
If you're able to shed some light on Andy's enquiry, or if you know someone who may be able to help, please let us know using a Contact Form on our Contact Us page and we will forward your message to Andy.
Andy's page Signalling at Grantham from Doncaster Power Signal Box can be read here, and there's a page about 'the original' Stoke box here.