WEBSITE STATISTICS
 

This page enables the club's committee to monitor website usage and trends. We register unique hits only, so do not count the same visitor more than once on the same day. Also, when we first set up a website in 1997, we did not 'pre-load' our hit counter but started it from zero.

Overview
Monitoring Frequency Monthly
Last Hit Counter Reading 206,350
Date of Above 2nd February 2019
Highest No. of Visitors in a Month 4,539 (April 2009)
Lowest No. of Visitors in a Month 277 (June 2018)

In recent years, we have benefitted a lot from television publicity, especially Rob Bell's 'Walking Britain's Lost Railways' and Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks' series which mentions us in episode 5. These programmes are much repeated and help to maintain interest in the club, as does the Facebook page which we set up in January 2015. Despite a decline in the number of people visiting this website, it remains our medium for publishing news about Britain's disused railways (of which there has never been more), while our Facebook page – where members, and others, can contribute material directly – continues to sustain our overall visitor numbers. The table below summarises the website's results since 2007.

Period
New
Visitors
Return
Visitors
Total
Visitors
2007 (last 5 weeks only)
1,067
85%
189
15%
1,256
2008
15,651
85%
2,762
15%
18,413
2009
20,319
86%
3,357
14%
23,676
2010
13,226
80%
3,324
20%
16,550
2011
14,638
81%
3,443
19%
18,081
2012
13,207
78%
3,670
22%
16,877
2013
15,150
79%
3,906
21%
19,056
2014
10,587
75%
3,573
25%
14,160
2015
7,707
74%
2,765
26%
10,472
2016
5,473
64%
3,118
36%
8,591
2017
3,750
65%
1,986
35%
5,736
2018
2,717
67%
1,334
33%
4,051
... January 2019
220
72%
86
28%
306
Totals
123,712
79%
33,513
21%
157,225
PLUS: Hits from previous website
 
 
  
 
52,547
LESS: Page views in 2015 miscounted as hits
 
 
 
 
–3,442
Hits from 1997 to latest month above
 
 
 
 
206,330

The section below shows our visitor data in graphical form, but the graphs are not updated every month because they take some time to prepare.

Above: Visitors per year from 2008 onwards, which was the first full year in which we tracked their numbers. The peaks coincide with broadcasts of BBC TV's 'Railway Walks' series. If one disregards these peaks as being atypical, the graph reveals a slow downward trend.
Above: Visitors per month during the last complete year, when the site attracted an average of 337 visitors per month.
Visitors by Month Since November 2007
Above: This crowded graph shows the number of visitors to our site since the present hit counter was installed in late November 2007. The four peaks reveal when the various television channels (BBC2, BBC4 and Yesterday) broadcast and repeated Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks' series.
Page Views by Month Since November 2007
Above: This graph is similar to the one above because it shows the number of page views; which generally run at about 10% above our visitor numbers. A 'page view' is a request to load a single HTML file (web page) from an Internet site, whereas a 'hit' (which we refer to as a 'visitor') is a request to load any web page or related file, e.g. a PDF document. Remember that we count only unique hits, so a visitor who spends (say) an hour on our site and views many pages will add only 1 to our hit counter.

The most telling of the above graphs is the first ('Visitors per Year'), which shows the gradual decline in our visitor numbers. In time, we may be able to claw back some lost ground by moving to a more modern platform, but, until then, the increasing visitor numbers on our Facebook page are enabling us to maintain a reasonable presence on the Internet.