The Alex Network
|The web sites listed below are those that I run or have had some input into. Rather then a computer geek, I like to think of myself as a Web Entrepreneur! lol|
This was the first website I ever produced. I used Microsoft Frontpage and Notepad, wow was it really that long ago? The site was hosted on freenetname.co.uk which came with a free domain name. fat-stumpy-train was chosen as that was my nickname at time, surprisingly because I was fat, stumpy and into trains! Originally planned to be a site all about me (sounds thrilling doesn't it?), I wasn't one for doing lots of writing, so I only got around to doing an index of signal boxes still open, information about Torre Signal Box and a couple of photographs of myself.
|I was getting quite interested in this web design lark, so when the Historical Model Railway Society was looking for a new webmaster, due to retirement, I put my name forward. There was a lot of work to be done as it was on a complete mess and seemed to lack structure. Due to finishing school and current work commitments I didn't have the time to put the required effort into the site. I was also rather lost about the aims of the society and the purpose of the website, with very little input coming from the committee. Plus despite my new found wealth I did feel the subscription was rather steep for the little return I was getting. Anyway, hopefully my work was appreciated and certainly I think the site design was improved.|
iRail was a spin of from my involvement in the HMRS. It was originally intended to be a web design business, dealing mainly in railway websites. It was dreamt up after constant nagging from my parents to get a weekend job, however, I was always away on railway related trips so I needed something flexible. Later it became a railway web directory, which as it stands is going really well. However, I haven't made a penny of profit from it and currently to pay for hosting and other expenses it's costing me about £40 a month to run!
|Torre Signal Box Group||torre-signal-box.co.uk|
The original site was part of FST, it transferred to iRail when this it was in its infancy and when I was unable to access FST webspace. It was extensively redesigned to act as a portfolio page for iRail and included the rather interesting (well to me anyway) feature of working ground signals.
Not many people are aware of my involvement in Torre Signal Box. It's just another thing people used to brand me as a trainspotter! Not that I mind... I just think I get enough grief as it is!
|MAP Model Railway Group||irail.co.uk/map|
|This was a result of one day being bored in front of a computer (always dangerous). It was based on the Napster website as I liked it's simplicity and the design complimented the black and white photographs. The sites was always under development (are there any that aren't?) and I was gradually building up a collection of quality photographs. Im no longer invloved with the MAP Model Railway Group so the site has been closed down and material tranfered to GWR Modelling.|
|ALEXTRACK was another product of my creative genius! A rainy day project with a the aim of filling the gap left by the uncompleted FST. It's designed to look exactly like the Railtrack website and was produced just after we were re-nationalised by Stephen Byers. I'm completely obsessed with Railtrack, everything about it is brilliant! lol.|
|Royal Albert Bridge||royal-albert-bridge.co.uk|
|This site exists to present my research into The Royal Albert Bridge and the station of Saltash. My intention is to eventually produce a model of the bridge to the scale of 2mm to 1 foot, with 2mm Finescale trains running on a track gauge of 9.42mm.|